Unión MicroFinanza
July 2011
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Small Farmer, Big Plans
UMF is proud to unveil the first of a five part series following farmer Antonio Ponce Bautista in Fresh Cup Magazine. Fresh Cup is the first premiere specialty coffee publication produced in the United States and distributes to over 18,000 readers in 12 countries.

The loud engine of a worn-out Toyota pickup turns off, and out of the cab steps Antonio Ponce Bautista. On this morning, he arrives earlier than usual to La Unión, a small mountain town in the remote western mountains of Honduras. From the back of his neighbor's truck, Antonio-better known as Tonito-unloads the last of his 5,000 pound harvest into a local intermediary's lot. This is a member of one of the few families with a high-capacity coffee dryer and plenty of patio space. This makes him a coyote, one of several intermediaries used by hundreds of farmers around the region to sell their yearly crop.

Click here and flip to page 44 to read the rest of Small Farmer, Big Plans.

Microloan Coffee and Microlots
UMF made its second national publication of the month of July in Coffee Talk Magazine's Making a Difference edition. Read below how you can help UMF win $1,000 for Honduran farmers through this article!

The 32 villages of La Unión, Lempira are located in the mountains of western Honduras. The region of La Unión is finding the ability to grow phenomenal coffee. Previously, due to a lack of training, supplies and the cycle of poverty, farmers there were unable to produce enough crops or sell their product at a fair price.

Click here and flip to page 48 to read the rest of the story.

Please help UMF win $1000 with one click of your mouse. When you go to the Coffee Talk article on UMF, at the top of the page you will see unionmicrofinanza.org. It is a live link. By clicking on it, you will register a vote for UMF. The organization with the most votes/clicks by September 15 will win $1000.

Small Farmer, Big Plan: Introductory Video
This video introduces Antonio Ponce Bautista, better known as Tonito. As Fresh Cup Magazine reports on Tonito throughout the year, we will produce more videos to give you a first hand perspective of his journey to bring coffee to the United States.

Click here to view the video.

Microloan Program Update
The month of June and beginning of July was a busy time with the distribution of microloans. We are excited to let you know that the majority of loans are out and this years growing season is well under way.

So far we have given out 99,780 pounds of fertilizer and seeds, worth over $24,600. These loans have impacted 176 farmers in 23 communities in the La Unión region.

Thank you to all who have supported this years loan program! You have made a significant difference in the lives of 176 farmers.

Next months newsletter will consist of an in depth report on this years loan cycle.

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