A loan of $1,475 helped to buy farming supplies and to pay labourers to help with her coffee crops.

Iris Yesenia's story

Iris is 33 years old and completed primary school. Iris now works in farming, growing coffee. She is a mother to one son, who is in third grade. At the weekend, Iris' son helps his single mother to look after the crops. Iris learned this trade five years ago thanks to her parents who have been doing this same work for a long time. Growing crops was the family trade, and now it is Iris' as well.

Iris also grows corn and beans but in small amounts and for consumption at home and only for occasional sales. Iris inherited her land from her parents; it is two kilometres away from her home and she arrives there on foot.

One problem that Iris is facing is disease in her crops. The price of supplies also varies greatly but competition is not a problem as there is a lot of demand for coffee.

Iris is applying for a loan that she will use to buy fertilisers and supplies such as manure and urea, and to pay labourers. With this loan Iris will improve coffee production.

In the future Iris wants to continue investing and expanding her crops in order to earn a higher income and support her son. Iris wants her son to have more opportunities in life, to do better and to grow.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw

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