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

Jose Alvaro's story

José Álvaro is 34 years old and is a small coffee producer in northern Nicaragua. His farm is 70.42 hectares, of which 21.12 hectares have been set aside for coffee. In the last three years his production of coffee has been between 250 and 500 quintales of parchment coffee (a quintal is about 100 lb.) and his farm has Fair Trade Certification (FLO).

The vision of this small entrepreneur is to attain 28 hectares of productive coffee with the best conditions. To achieve this goal, he is requesting a loan to establish 2 hectares of coffee this year. With the funds he gets from this transaction, he will be able to ensure the purchase of plants, materials and supplies required for this activity.

José Álvaro is certain that investment in coffee is profitable, given the climatic conditions where his farm is located, and the prices the market offers, which are less risky by virtue of his having Fair Trade Certification.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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