A loan of $650 helped to buy agricultural supplies to care for her coffee crops during this new season.

Bernilda's story

Bernilda, age 38, is a housewife, coffee farmer, merchant, and mother of two. She is grateful to God for allowing her to continue having the strength to work and to be able to send the children to the university.

She and her husband work together every day in order to get ahead. The well-being of her family is dependent upon the effort they both make. The financial support for their children to be able to go to the university is also dependent upon their efforts. When the children leave school, they involve themselves in the different field activities.

Bernilda is a coffee farmer. She and her husband learned this together several years ago. The land that they cultivate together was inherited from her parents.

She has requested a loan from COMIXMUL to buy agricultural supplies. This will help them keep their coffee protected from ‘la roya’ [coffee rust] and from other pests that damage the coffee harvest.

Her plan for the future is to be able to cultivate a greater variety of coffee. With this she will be able to sell and compete in the market in order to be able to get ahead. She also plans to some day be able to take it out of the country as a quality product. Her dream for her business and her family is to get greater production, as mentioned earlier. She also dreams of her children completing their education so that they can become excellent professionals.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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