A loan of $1,350 helped to buy agricultural supplies to aid her coffee plants.

Clementina's story

Clementina is a 36 year old woman who attended high school but did not finish, studying until her third year of the basic classes. At that point she was more interested in being able to open her own business. She is the mother of a son who graduates from sixth grade this year. She also cares for three nephews who live with her now that her sister (mother of the nephews) lives in another community because of her job there.

Clementina's source of income is planting and caring for coffee, work she has been doing for 10 years. Through inheritance and family calling she learned this work from her parents who left her some property. With much work and sacrifice she has bought a second piece of land. Clementina also has a small grocery store which provides income to support her family. The land where she grows coffee is 30 minutes away by vehicle. Clementina and her husband are the only ones involved in the work.

Clementina is asking for financial help to buy fertilizers and herbicides and pay for weeding her coffee plants to improve the yield from her farm. Her goals are to be able to give her son the chance to study so that he can graduate and have better opportunities in life, to buy more land to enlarge her business, and also to strengthen her grocery business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Heatherly

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