A loan of $3,450 helped buy and apply fertilizers and more for his coffee farm.

Isabel Jose's story

Isabel is a small grower from the north of Nicaragua. He lives with his wife and their three children on a 20 hectare farm on which they grow staple grains for their own consumption, as well as cocoa beans and coffee. He has 7 hectares of the latter, from which he's gotten an average of 157 quintals (hundredweight) of dried coffee beans in the last three seasons. He said that he's managed to stay ahead of the various diseases that coffee plants get thanks to good land management and his implementation of plans for soil and leaf fertilization.

His goal is to continue improving the agronomic management of his coffee crop on his farm, for which he needs a loan that will permit him to buy and apply supplies, including necessary fertilizers, to his crops, with the end goal of improving the yield and quality of this growing season.

His dedication to his work and his constant attention to his crops are what have enabled Isabel to improve his farm, and thereby his family's living conditions. He says that this improvement has been a process and that he intends to continue it by expanding his coffee production, as it is a rather profitable crop.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Shannon Skoglund

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