San Miguel Lachiguiri,
Family: Married to Matia with 4 children
Size of farm: 4 hectares (9.9 acres)
Distance of farm from home: 6 km (3.7 mi)
Additional crops/animals: corn, beans, chickens
Eight years ago, Lao was one of the poorest farmers in his remote village in San Miguel. To get his crop to market, he had to go through the local “coyote” loan shark who gave him next to nothing for his crop. Through Growers First, we were able to help Lao yield a higher quality crop and get a better price. Through our micro-credit loans, Lao expanded his farm. He is now the leader of his co-op and an inspiration to farmers in the community. Last year, Lao sold his crop for $10,693, a 500% increase in his income since 2006. Which keeps his wife, Matia, happy and making plenty of her special rattlesnake tamales. They go perfect with coffee.