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Romulo Javier
The city of Ingenio has a hot climate and many beautiful and amazing tourist attractions, like the San Jose Church that dates back to the Spanish colonial period with many beautiful wood carvings.

Romulo lives here. He is sixty-four years old. His favorite dish is fried pork rinds and in his city, this is one of the typical dishes. Romulo is a very hardworking man and since he was very young, he has learned to earn a living with sweat on his brow. His parents had few economic resources and he needed to support them. Because of this, he could only study up to his last year in high school, but he would have liked to study a career in Agricultural Engineering.

Day to day, Romulo works as an agricultural worker. He also has a plot of land where he presently has planted prickly pear, a species of cactus that grows fruits of many pleasant colors. Additionally, cochineal have infested his crop; this is a species of insect that lives in this type of plant and has a natural coloring. He believes that he is moving forward with his work because he is responsible and above all, because he likes the work that he does.

Romulo is very thankful to the Kiva loaners. Thanks to their help that they are offering, he will be able to cover the cochineal infestation expenses, which includes placing other types of insects in the prickly pear plants. In this way, he will be able to have more cochineal offspring and to have a better harvest. He will thereby be able to have a better income and to continue fighting to be able to realize his greatest dream: "to improve the quality of life and to plant other types of crops."
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En la ciudad de Ingenio, ciudad con un clima muy caluroso y poseedor de atractivos turísticos muy bellos e impresionantes, como por ejemplo la Iglesia de San Jose que data del tiempo de la colonia española y presenta tallados en madera muy hermosos, vive Romulo, quien tiene 64 años de edad, cuyo platillo favorito son los Chicharrones y en su ciudad es uno de los platillos típicos; Romulo es un hombre muy trabajador y desde muy joven aprendió a ganarse el pan con el sudor de la frente, ya que sus padres tenían pocos recursos económicos y tuvo la necesidad de apoyarlos, por ello solo pudo estudiar hasta el quinto grado de secundaria, pero le hubiera gustado poder estudiar la carrera de Ingeniería Agrónoma.

Día a día Romulo trabaja como obrero agrícola y también tiene una parcela en la que actualmente ha sembrado tuna, el cual es una especie de cactus que tiene frutos de varios colores y son muy agradables, asimismo los ha infestado de cochinilla, la cual es una especie de insecto que vive en este tipo de plantas y del cual se obtiene una especie de tinte natural; él cree que está saliendo adelante con su trabajo porque es responsable y sobre todo porque le gusta lo que él hace.

Romulo está muy agradecido con los prestamistas Kiva ya que gracias a la ayuda que le están brindando el podrá cubrir los gastos para infestación de la cochinilla, la cual consiste en colocar insectos en las plantas de tuna, de esta manera podrá tener más crias de cochinilla y tener una mejor cosecha; así el podrá tener mejores ingresos y seguir luchando para poder hacer realidad su más grande sueño:” Mejorar su calidad de vida y sembrar otro tipo de cultivos”.

Additional Information

About Caja Rural Señor de Luren

Caja Rural Señor de Luren is a microfinance institution based in Ica in southern Peru that primarily promotes the development of the country’s agricultural sector through lending. Today, it also offers credit for consumers, microenterprises and housing improvements, and has expanded its financial services to promote micro-savings and provide micro-insurance. This institution has been instrumental in helping borrowers recover from the devastating earthquake in the Ica region in 2007, and works with Peru’s National Bank to reach some of the poorest and most remote microfinance clients in the country.

About Peru

  • $6,715
    Average annual income
  • 110
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    Peru Loans Fundraising
  • $56,813,675
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.6
    Peru Nuevos Soles (PEN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,175 helped Romulo Javier to handle the cochineal infestation of his crop.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
9 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Pre-Disbursed:
Feb 12, 2013
Listed
Feb 27, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Oct 17, 2013