A loan of $1,100 helped to buy supplies for his farming business.

Cruz Absalon's story

Cruz is a hard-working "campesino" from La Concordia in Nicaragua. He tells us that Kiva loans have helped him grow his farming business and, in turn, better support his family. He used his last loan to plant tomatoes and cabbage. He was pleased with his yields, he says, and wants to plant more cabbage to meet the demand from his customers. He is applying for a loan to buy supplies--fertilizers, manure, gasoline to run his pumps--and pay for day laborers. He will plant 2 "manzanas" (not sure, but city-block-size plots, presumably) of cabbage. For the future, he wants to buy more land so that he can plant other vegetables. The investment will help him to provide his family with a better future.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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