Kiva Lending Team: Wineries for Good
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We are committed to sustainable agricultural practices that yield top quality produce, grapes and wines while protecting the environment and supporting our community and farmers.
"Agriculture has changed dramatically, especially since the end of World War II. Food and fiber productivity soared due to new technologies, mechanization, increased chemical use, specialization and government policies that favored maximizing production....
Although these changes have had many positive effects and reduced many risks in farming, there have also been significant costs. Prominent among these are topsoil depletion, groundwater contamination, the decline of family farms, continued neglect of the living and working conditions for farm laborers, increasing costs of production, and the disintegration of economic and social conditions in rural communities.
A growing movement has emerged during the past two decades to question the role of the agricultural establishment in promoting practices that contribute to these social problems. Today this movement for sustainable agriculture is garnering increasing support and acceptance within mainstream agriculture. Not only does sustainable agriculture address many environmental and social concerns, but it offers innovative and economically viable opportunities for growers, laborers, consumers, policymakers and many others in the entire food system." - University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program
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Porfirio Mekias received a loan from Isaac to combat pests and eliminate weeds thereby improving the coffee crop; allowing him to supply his customers.
Nueva Luz Amarilluyoc Alta Group received a loan from Parducci Wine Cellars to purchase fertilizers, soil amendments, and more.
Meline received a loan from David to purchase high-quality forage for their livestock, thereby boosting the productivity of their farm.
Maria Marcos received a loan from David to buy flour, cheese, corn, cooking oil, among other materials in bulk to have a better inventory when selling pupusas.
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