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A loan of $1,325 helped to buy farming supplies to help her coffee crops.

Dina Margarita's story

Dina is a very feisty and enterprising woman. She is 33 years old and a mother to four children: the eldest is 18 years old, the second and third 17 and 14 and the youngest is 9 years old. The youngest is the only one studying at the local school. In her youth Dina did not go to school as she decided it would be better to learn the family trade sowing and growing coffee. In the company of her husband and children, Dina looks after their property - just over five acres of land where they grow coffee. The land was inherited. Growing coffee provides Dina with an income to cover different household costs, such as food, clothing and medicines. However, it is still a limited income. Dina learned this trade from her parents, who also worked in farming, as did many generations before that. Dina arrives at her land by animal or walking. She cannot arrive in a motor vehicle; the land is six kilometres from the family's house.

Dina's goals and plans for the future are to improve her coffee land, to grow more varieties, and to use her profits to give her daughter an education so that she may successfully graduate and be better prepared for life. To achieve these goals, Dina is applying for a loan in order to buy farming supplies to give her coffee crops the necessary support so that the foliage and yield will be better than previously.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw

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