A loan of $450 helped to buy farming supplies.

Carmen Isabel's story

Carmen is 50 years old and is a small-time coffee producer in a community in the north of Nicaragua. Carmen has been involved in this work with her family all of her life. She has improved her abilities to grow coffee over the years and now works under a Fairtrade certificate.

In recent years, Carmen's coffee plantation has been affected by problems such as disease, which has reduced the yield and the family's income. To mitigate problems, Carmen is managing her investments and is taking out a loan in order to look after her crops and have a good harvest this season.

Coffee growing is Carmen's most important work and her greatest wish is to continue working in this area as she is sure that, financially, it has a lot of potential and that, with it, she will be able to look after her family's well-being.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw

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