A loan helped to buy agricultural supplies for her coffee crops.

Alba Luz's story

Alba is a young, 25 year-old woman who has an elementary school education. She is the mother of 4 children. Her oldest attends elementary school. She also has twins who are in kindergarten, and a 10 month-old baby girl. Her husband is a farmer who has been growing coffee for more than 10 years. Alba learned how to do this from her husband, who has been a farmer all of his life. As previously mentioned, coffee farming has been the main source of income for this family, but they also have a business selling bananas. They acquired some of the land that they work together through an inheritance; her in-laws gave them the land. The other part they were able to acquire thanks to hard work and sacrifice over a number of years.

The challenges they face in coffee farming include the low price for coffee beans, the pests, and the fluctuations in the prices of the supplies that they use. But the competition in this activity is not a problem, because everyone has their buyers, and they buy all of the crops that are produced. Their coffee plantations are located 3 kilometers from their house; they get there by walking. Only Alba and her husband are involved with the farming.

Their plans and dreams for the future of their business include investing in the purchase of more land to continue to cultivate, and God willing, to buy a vehicle to haul the harvested products. As the mother of the family, she wants to provide her children with a better standard of living and a more favorable inheritance so that they can work in the future and have success. At this time, she is requesting help to buy organic and chemical fertilizers and pesticides, which are needed to maintain the coffee crops. This way she can protect her harvest and make it more productive.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar.

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