A loan of $5,475 helped to build a wet method processing space.

Joaquin's story

Joaquín, is a producer that lives in a community in the north of Nicaragua. At 40 years old, and with the help of his life partner and 8 children, he has made a living producing basic grains and coffee.

This small producer is in the process of getting fair trade certification. With 3.85 hectares of coffee he was able to produce 136 quintals of parchment coffee in the last growing cycle. Up until now he has been renting a wet method processing space to process his coffee. However, this year he is planning to make this investment so long as he gets the loan. The construction of a processing space will allow him to produce better yield and quality, which will contribute to an increase in his income.

For Joaquín, good time and money management as well as adequate planning have been key to the growth of his small farm.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Monica Wooters

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