A loan of $5,750 helped a member to buy eight bags of compost for her coffee crops.

Nueva Jerusalen Group's story

María is 32 years old and a single mother with three dependent children. She resides in Lempira along with her children and her mother. For the past 12 years, María has been cultivating coffee on her own land. Whatever she produces is sold locally with the pulp already removed. She is requesting her second loan as part of a group. Her portion amounts to 8,500 HNL and will be used to buy eight bags of compost so that she can fertilizer her coffee crops and improve production. Her plan is to provide for her children’s education and to improve their living conditions.

This group is called Nueva Jerusalén (New Jerusalem), which consists of 15 members who engage in farming activities and live in the same community. The amount of the group loan totals 120,500 HNL and will be used to buy compost and fertilizers for their coffee farms.

The photo shows the members as follows (in the back, starting on the left):
• Alejandro is wearing a dark brown and white striped shirt.
• Moisés is wearing a red checkered shirt.
• Alejandro is wearing a dark gray shirt.
• Rafael is wearing a blue shirt.
• Jose is wearing a yellow T-shirt.
• Jose Marcos is wearing a T-shirt with tan stripes.
• Faustino is wearing a white T-shirt.
• Macario is wearing a light gray striped shirt.
• Juan is wearing a dark blue T-shirt with light blue stripes.

(In the front, starting on the left):
• María Soledad is wearing a light green blouse and a denim skirt.
• Ma. Susana is wearing a salmon-colored dress.
• María Albertina is wearing a gray blouse and has a purse.
• María Emérita is wearing a brown blouse with stripes in the middle.
• Quirian is wearing a printed blouse.
• Simona is wearing a fuchsia dress.

In this group: Maria Emerita, Maria Albertina, Ma. Susana, Juan Angel, Maria Soledad, Jose Andres, Rafael Leonardo, Quirian Ondina, Simona, Faustino, Moises, Alejandro, Alejandro , Macario, Jose Marcos

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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