Yolanda Paz was one of the first to register for H.E.L.P. in 2016. Previously she had taken over a one-hectare coffee plantation from her father. In Honduras, that’s still a rarity for a young, unmarried woman. Furthermore, she lived on the farm with her parents, siblings and other family members.
From the beginning it was clear that Yolanda’s situation was unusual. But she had the ambition to make her own way and show all the sceptics, especially her father, that she could do it. A further aggravating factor is the debt that Yolanda’s family owes to a middleman, paying it off year by year with the harvest. For Yolanda that is just more motivation, and she hopes with the aid of H.E.L.P. to achieve long-term success through ongoing individual assistance.
Her goal was to produce larger harvests of good-quality coffee, and thanks to measures designed specifically for her, she has already met this goal. Indeed, through her hard work she has exceeded expectations. Yolanda is a very active and ambitious participant in the project and would like to achieve much more as a coffee grower. She’s an example to others, and even her father now respects her commitment.