A loan of $800 helped to buy agricultural supplies for her coffee crops.

Gladis Marlenis's story

Gladis is 37 years old and was unable to finish her secondary school education due to her parents' lack of financial resources. She comes from a large family and that was an impediment to being able to afford their education.

She lives with her life partner who works at producing coffee and has three blocks of property. Two belong to her and one to him. They grow the Catimor variety of coffee.

They have three children. The first one is in the second year of secondary school; the second one is in the fifth year of primary school; and the last one is in fourth grade. The two youngest ones go to the local school and only the older one travels to an institute outside of the community.

Farming is their source of income, and they have also been growing basic grains for the past few years. Agriculture has been the family's livelihood for many generations, and her parents are the ones who taught her this skill. Their market is local since she has her own client who buys the crop at a good price. The community where she lives is 15 kilometers from the city of Comayagua and the area she cultivates is adjacent to where her house is.

Her plans are to improve her quality of life, provide an education for her children, diversify the products she grows and continue to build the family's assets.This is why she is asking for financial support so she can buy the agricultural supplies she needs to ensure excellent care and attention to her coffee crops.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marcia Margolis

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