A loan of $4,875 helped to build a coffee processing mill.

Nelson José's story

Nelson is a 30-year-old coffee producer who lives with his wife and their small four-year-old daughter in a community in northern Nicaragua. On his small farm he grows basic staples for his family's consumption, and has 8.6 hectares of coffee, from which he obtained an output of 230 quintales of parchment coffee in the last growing cycle (a quintal is about 100 lb.).

For this young man, the climate change of recent years has gradually generated a greater incidence of pests and plant diseases in the coffee, which he has dealt with through good agricultural management and the renewal of plants.

Nevertheless, to improve the quality of his coffee, this man is requesting a loan to build a coffee wet mill, which will allow him to handle his production properly. He is certain that with proper management in the stage of production and processing of coffee, he will achieve better yields and prices, which will allow him to deal with these investments as well as the needs of his small family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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