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Mateo
Mateo is a married, 34-year-old farmer who lives in Sololá. He has seven children, of which there are three boys and four girls. Four of them study in a local school and in their free time they help him in the field.

He works in agriculture, growing onions, potatoes, carrots, green beans, and broccoli. He grows these on plots of land which are a few kilometers from his home.

He learned this trade while working alongside others who needed help in the fields. He has been working since he was a young boy without having the opportunity to study at his local school. He has been growing his own crops for six years now. Seeing that he is making good profits from growing these vegetables, he is requesting a loan of 4,000 Quetzales so that he will be able to buy fertilizer and potato seeds to later grow and harvest. This will increase his family's income. He wants to expand his crops onto more plots of land.

His biggest dream is to be able to provide his children with an education so that together they can prosper.
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Mateo es un hombre agricultor de 34 años de edad, el esta casado y vive en Sololá. El tiene siete hijos tres son varones y cuatro mujeres. De ellos cuatro estudian en una escuela de la comunidad y lo apoyan en el campo en tiempos libres.
El se dedica a la agricultura cultivando cebolla, papa, zanahoria, ejote y brócoli esto lo cultiva en parcelas que tiene a pocos kilómetros de su vivienda.
Esta actividad lo aprendió cuando trabajo con personas ajenas que necesitaban apoyo en el campo, por que desde pequeño se dedico a trabajar sin que tuviera oportunidad de estudiar en una escuela de su comunidad.
El ahora cuenta con seis años de realizar su propio cultivo viendo que obtiene ganancias buenas cultivando estas verduras, de este modo el solicita un préstamo de Q 4,000.00 para que el pueda comprar semillas de papa y su fertilizante para luego cultivarlo y cosecharlo mejorando sus ingresos junto a su familia.
El quiere expandir su cultivo en mas parcelas es su mayor sueño y poder darles los estudios académicos a sus hijos para que juntos prosperen.

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About ADICLA

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.

About Guatemala

  • $4,155
    Average annual income
  • 64
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    Guatemala Loans Fundraising
  • $9,070,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 7.9
    Guatemala Quetzales (GTQ) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $525 helped Mateo to buy potato seed and fertilizer for growing crops.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Pre-Disbursed:
Nov 13, 2012
Listed
Nov 29, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Jun 18, 2013