A loan of $3,700 helped to care for his seven hectares of coffee.

Carlos's story

Carlos de la Cruz lives in a community in the Jinotega Department in northern Nicaragua. With his wife he has two children of three and four years old. For the past five years he has worked growing coffee as his main source of income, through which he also generates a job in his community. This enterprising farmer has begun the certification processes for Fairtrade, UTZ Certified, and C.A.F.E. Practices statuses, as promoted by the Association for People in Community Action (PAC).

Carlos is currently seeking a loan to help him maintain and care for his seven hectares of coffee. In particular, it will guarantee that he is able to apply fertilisers and other inputs that his crops need, and so ensure yields of over 300 quintals (hundredweight) of parchment coffee at the next harvest. The income this will generate will allow this small farmer to meet the needs of his family and to continue to invest in improving his coffee plantation. He is sure that with his effort and hard work he will be able to keep increasing his coffee-growing area. This drives him to work hard on the administrative side of things too, with the aim of making his family's security certain.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eloise Phipps

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