Buenos dias a todos mis amigos. For the past two weeks I've been working with a tremendous new field partner in San Salvador, El Salvador called CONFRAS. CONFRAS (Confederation of Federations for Agrarian Reform in El Salvador in English) was founded in the 1980's during the El Salvadorean Civil War to further land reform efforts. Since then, it has grown to represent 100+ cooperatives that provide various services to over 4,000 farmers throughtout El Salvador.

One cooperative with whom I've been working directly is ACAF. ACAF provides not only microcredit, but technical assistance and financial advice to nearly 1,000 farmers throughout the southern and western parts of the country. Through a partnership with Kiva, they are hoping to expand their loan portfolio and impact more farmers (in more remote areas) who are otherwise unable to obtain loans. They do tremendous work and now we are proud to announce their FIRST KIVA BORROWER! (click here to lend).

Congrats Maritza - CONFRAS / Kiva Borrower #1

After visiting with Maritza several times I can tell you 1) she is a very hard worker 2) a great mother (and grandmother) 3) She knows 1,000x more about farming and corn than I will ever know and 4) she farms on some of the most beautiful land I have ever seen.

Beautiful! 2 manzanas (~3 acres) of corn!

Not a bad view!

None of this would be possible without the hardwork and dedication of the ACAF team. Thanks for finding an amazing first client and we are excited to work together in the future! Best of luck Maritza! Saludos!

Kiva and ACAF unite forces in the field! Bien hecho amigos!!!

To support additional ACAF and CONFRAS loans, please click here.

<< Fellows Updates