Victor Catavi is a current client of As Green As It Gets, one of Spartan Global’s longstanding field partners in Guatemala. To provide for his family, Victor has specialized in the coffee processing and roasting segments of the coffee industry in his local community. Victor’s coffee history is atypical. As Green As It Gets usually only works coffee farmers who already coffee planted to then train them on various milling and roasting methods. Seeing the potential opportunity in working with As Green As It Gets, Victor went ahead and planted his own coffee in order to join the program. Almost immediately, Victor began to establish coffee sales. With the help of As Green As It Gets, Victor has been able to learn different coffee processing and roasting skills.
In 2016, in collaboration with As Green As It Gets, Spartan Global was able to help Victor take his business to the next level. With backing from sponsors, Spartan Global facilitated a $600 loan to help Victor purchase a pulpero—a machine that helps crush coffee beans during the early stages of processing. This microloan will help Victor expand his coffee sales as the pulpero will allow Victor to process his coffee beans in new capacities.
Alberto Hernandez has been working with AGAIG since 2005 in coffee production. He has been a good steward of previous loans, and always shown both a 100% repayment rate as well as good profitability from his investments. Jonny is Alberto’s son, and he is also involved in coffee farming.
Unfortunately, this father-and-son farming team has encountered some tough times. Recently, their fields were hit by a fungal infection, and they need some working capital for the year. In June, 2017 facilitated a $1,378 through As Green As It Gets to support Jonny and Alberto. The loan will be used to replant the coffee died, as well as provide fungal sprays to prevent future infections. Moreover, Jonny and Alberto needs to purchase coffee from other farmers to keep up the sales of their existing business while fields.
Alberto and Johnny have asked for $689 each to help their businesses recover
Vilma is 63 years old and married with eleven children. She lives in Palawan, Philippines and earns her living rice farming. Vilma has been a rice farmer for five years and supplements her income from food vending. She works tirelessly to expand her business and increase her profitability. With eight other donors, Spartan Global funded a microloan of $550 through Kiva in March 2017 to help Vilma purchase packs of rice seed, fertilizers, and other farm supplies.
Dolores is 38-years old fisherman living in Sensuntepeque, El Salvador. He is married, and he and his wife have one son. Fishing is a common practice where Dolores lives because of the proximity to the river. Dolores gets to the market and the other places he sells his fish by vehicle with the other fisherman. He also farms so that he and his family can have staple grains to eat. In February of 2017, Spartan Global partnered with eight other sponsors to loan $300 to Dolores. With this money, Dolores will purchase more fishing nets in hopes of increasing his profit and his family’s well-being. This loan is special because Spartan Global is helping this rural farmers lift himself out of poverty.