A loan of $2,100 helped to buy a coffee pulper and to build a coffee processing plant.

Luis Alberto's story

Luis lives in a rural area in the north of Nicaragua. Being far from any urban area, access is difficult. Luis makes a living producing coffee.

Luis is an entrepreneur who believes that adversities are just part of a process of prospering and making his little business better. Working with a Fairtrade certificate has helped Luis to improve production and management of his coffee, and this has resulted in an increase in the quality and price of his coffee.

In recent years, Luis has increased production by 50%. This has motivated him to continue improving his farm and production. As part of these improvements, Luis is applying for a loan to look after his coffee. He is also applying for a loan in order to buy a coffee pulper and to build a coffee processing plant. This will help Luis to reduce his capacity losses and to improve the quality of his coffee. Luis is confident that these improvements at his farm will allow him to earn a higher income this quarter. This will help him to continue re-investing in his farming and improving his family's living conditions.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw

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