A loan of $800 helped to buy 50 chickens, 800 pounds of concentrate and 3 liters of medicine to keep his farm hygienic.

José Ubence's story

José is 46 years old and lives in the east of the country 300 kilometers from the capital. This is a region on the border with Honduras and is known as El Salvador’s poorest. He is the father of three boys and has been married for 21 years. His main income producing activity is corn and bean farming.

Ten years ago José started a small chicken farm to produce eggs which did very well during the winter but when the dry season came he was unable to keep the farm running because his community lacked running water service and the nearest water source was an hour away from his house. Today, José wants to restart his small chicken farm to produce eggs because his community recently was benefited with the installation of potable water service. He has therefore asked Fundación Campo for a loan to buy 50 chickens, 800 pounds of concentrated feed and 3 liters of medicine to keep his farm in hygienic conditions. All of the supplies including the chickens he’ll buy in a city that’s two hours away from home by bus. The sale of any eggs produced in his farm is guaranteed: it will be in his own community because there are no external vendors because of the distance to the nearest city and its difficult access.

With this loan José projects that his daily income will increase by 3 dollars which will allow him to make his loan installment payments and generate a small profit margin to continue sending two of his children to school.

His dream is to increase the size of his farm each year until reaching a level with more technology that will produce the necessary income to buy his own vehicle to transport supplies and sell his production.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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