Juan is a farmer. He is 40 years old, single and lives in Sololá.
Juan makes his living growing potatoes, onions, carrots and green beans on a plot of land that he rents with other farmers. It is located a few kilometers from his home. Juan learned to farm from his father, but before growing his own crop, he worked with others. That helped him to perfect his work and to gain more experience farming.
Juan has now been growing his own crops for fifteen years. He saw that he would have a getter income working on his own. He is requesting a loan of Q 4,000.00 (USD $525) so that he can purchase potato seed and fertilizer to later plant and harvest. This will improve his income and his family's quality of life.
With his earnings, Juan dreams of purchasing a plot of land and expanding his plantings. He also wants to build a better dwelling for his family.
Juan es un hombre agricultor de 40 años de edad, el esta soltero y vive en Sololá.
El se dedica a la agricultura cultivando papa, cebolla, zanahoria y ejote, en unas parcelas que presta con otras personas a pocos kilómetros de su vivienda, esto lo aprendió de su padre pero antes de realizar su propio cultivo el trabajo con personas ajenas donde perfecciono y obtuvo mas experiencia en este trabajo.
El ahora cuenta con 15 años de realizar su propio cultivo viendo que tendría mejores ganancias, de este modo el solicita un préstamo de Q 4,000.00 para que pueda comprar semillas de papa y su fertilizante para luego cultivarlo y cosecharlo mejorando sus ingresos y condiciones de vida de su familia.
Con sus ganancias el sueña la compra de una parcela y expandir su cultivo, también construir una mejor vivienda para su familia.
ADICLA (Association for the Holistic Development of the Basin of Lake Atitlán) is nonprofit rural community development association that provides small loans and services to improve quality of life in two of the poorest regions of Guatemala, home to large indigenous populations. Kiva funding will be used to support three innovative credit initiatives: youth business loans, green loans, and smaller loans to help ADICLA move down-market and serve poorer clients.