A loan of $3,000 helped to establish two more hectares of coffee.

Rafael's story

Rafael, age 51, is a coffee farmer in a community in the Jinotega department. He lives with his wife and their three children on a farm that is 28.16 hectares. Of those, 11.26 hectares are used for growing coffee. In the last three years, his production has been from 300 to 500 ‘quintales’ [a quintal is about 100 pounds] of parchment coffee. It is certified fair trade (FLO), C.A.F.E. Practices and UTZ.

His goal is in 2019 to come to have 21 hectares of coffee with the best conditions for production. Therefore, he is requesting a loan that will allow him to invest in establishing two more hectares of coffee. He says, “You start with a little, and then you are reinvesting. This way I have been growing and plan to continue doing so in order to provide my family with better conditions”.

For this small producer the main challenges to growing coffee are the pests and diseases. However, he can cope with this with good management. He has been doing this by caring for his crops and with resources provided by the Pueblos en Acción Comunitaria association.

He is therefore requesting this loan to provide better maintenance and to manage the planting (semi-technological) and to manage improved productive yields.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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