A loan of $2,900 helped to plant 2.1 hectares of coffee.


Carlos's story

Carlos lives in a community in the department of Jinotega, in north Nicaragua. He and his wife have two children, who are three and four years old. For the last five years, he has been farming coffee as his main economic activity, which also generates jobs in his community during crop tending and harvest seasons. This entrepreneur has participated in the Fairtrade, UTZ and C.A.F.E. Practices certification processes, which are promoted by the Asociación Pueblos en Acción Comunitaria (PAC).

Carlos’ vision is to expand the area where he plants coffee, given the conditions of the area and the profitability of this line of work. Therefore, he is requesting a loan that will allow him to establish an additional 2.1 hectares of coffee in addition to the 7 he already has, which will increase his production over the next three to four years and allow him to improve his family’s living conditions. He is sure that with proper care and maintenance, his plantations will have good yields, and the Fair Trade minimum purchase price that he is guaranteed to receive will allow him to repay this investment.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Cynthia McMurry



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