A loan of $1,475 helped to buy agricultural supplies to help her coffee plants in this season.

Maria's story

Maria is a young woman of 26 who has a complete primary school education thanks to the effort and sacrifice of her parents. Later, she did not continue studying since she did not like it and decided to help her parents in the different activities that they carry out in the country. With time, Maria married and today, in the company of her husband, they make their living growing coffee. From her marriage, they have two children who study in the community school. The youngest is in first grade and the eldest is in fourth grade. Their income depends on growing coffee, since in her family by vocation they have chosen this activity.

Her clients are different intermediaries who arrive to the region. The challenges found in this activity are the different pests that affect the crop, the dropping of coffee prices in the market. Her plants are at a distance of 2.5 kilometers from her house, which she travels on foot. On occasions they drive in a car or by animal, involving only family.

Maria asks to be helped by different investors on the Kiva platform to buy: urea, 12-24-12 fertilizer, 18-46-0 fertilizer, nitrate, bayfolan and gramoxone since with these fertilizers Maria will be able to attend to 4.5 manzanas [7.78 acres] of cultivated coffee. Right now, this is impossible for them because of the lack of economic resources. Her plans for the future are to improve her crops, and her dreams are to see her family with an inheritance strengthened in assets and to see her daughters converted into professional women so that they can defend themselves in life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alex Martin

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