A loan of $1,475 helped to buy agricultural supplies and to pay for labor, among other things, to help her coffee cultivation.

Guadalupe's story

Guadalupe, who is 46 years old, was able, during her childhood, to attend her community school for elementary education. She studied up to her fifth year, but was unable to complete her primary education due to a lack of financial support from her parents who had limited resources. From her relationship with her partner, who makes a living doing fieldwork (planting and cultivating coffee), she had six children, three of whom are studying. The other three children help with the field activities.

They only involve family members in the fieldwork, since they would like to grow little by little and retain the majority of their profits. They do not have sufficient earnings to pay for much hired labor. She is requesting economic support which she will use to buy fertilizers, like manure and liquid fertilizer, among others, that will allow them to take better care of their crops. On this occasion, she is also trying to schedule the payment of hired labor to clean and fertilize their property of about 4.3 acres.

She has a lot of faith that with this financing she will improve the service to her plantation and its maintenance, thus increasing her profits. Her goals are to be able to continue increasing her coffee crops, to diversify her income in order to not be dependent on one sole income like that of the coffee, and in this way, to also be able to continue supporting her children with their studies so that they can be successful and make progress with their goals, hopes and dreams.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Terri Whitehead

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