A loan of $3,900 helped to buy supplies and fertilizers that his plantations require.

Rafael's story

Rafael is 51 years old and is a coffee grower in a community in Jinotega department. He lives with his wife and three children on a farm of 28.16 hectares, of which 11.26 hectares have been set aside for growing coffee. In the last three years his production has been between 300 and 500 quintales of parchment coffee (a quintal is about 100 lb.), which has fair trade certification under FLO, C.A.F.E, Practices and UTZ.

His goal is to succeed, by 2019, in having 21 hectares of coffee with the best production conditions. He will achieve this with investment funds he is managing. Parallel to this process, Rafael is requesting a loan which allow him to ensure the maintenance of the area of coffee that he currently has, which entails having the assurance of the supplies and fertilizers that his plantations need to ensure good production in the current production cycle.

He is certain that with his work and dedication to his small business, along with the availability of resources, he will achieve better results for his family's well-being.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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