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Rafael is 68-years-old, is married and has six children. He is a very hardworking and enterprising person, since he was 10 years has been dedicated to the production of basic grains. He learned this from his father who was always a farmer and thanks to him, today he knows a lot about the farming activities required to harvest corn. Also with the help of his wife and children, he creates clay dolls, which he has done for 35 years.

The agricultural supplies he needs to harvest basic grains include fertilizers, herbicides package, and fungicides. He needs the items for planting. He buys the items in municipality. This takes him 15 minutes by car from the community where he lives. Also, he gets the materials for the making clay dolls from different communities of the department where the clay is removed. This sometimes hinders the process due to the distance he covers to transfer the material. However he always gets an abundance to complete the process.

The loan he is requesting from Field Foundation will be used to buy 4 pounds of manure, 1 bag of corn seeds, and fungicides for pest control. The other part will be used to obtain raw material for the production of clay dolls. Also he will purchase already developed products by other artisans because demand is high.

With the support provided to the customer, he will be able to purchase the fertilizer needed to proceed with the cultivation of 7,000 square meters of corn, which he established to generate a surplus of corn to sell. Also he will strengthen the business making clay dolls. The client and his family have three stores, one in Ilobasco that is 15 minutes from his house, one in the city of San Vicente that is 1 hour, and Sensuntepeque that is 30 minutes from his house. This allows him to better supply the demand with the three locations of sales.

With this loan, the customer will have the opportunity to grow basic grains that would ensure food of your household. Also, with the loan he can buy more raw materials to produce a greater quantity of clay dolls to supply the various stores. This way he can generate more income for his family.

He plans include opening more stores. The loan supports his investment capital for raw materials to supply the market demand.
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Rafael tiene 68 años de edad, esta casado y tiene seis hijos. Él es una persona trabajadora y muy emprendedora, desde que tenía 10 años se ha dedicado a la siembra de granos básicos, esto lo aprendió gracias a su padre que siempre fue un agricultor y gracias a él hoy conoce mucho sobre las actividades que requiere un cultivo de maíz, también con la ayuda de su esposa e hijos se dedican a la elaboración de muñecos de barro los cuales elaboran desde hace 35 años.

los insumos agrícolas para la siembra de granos básicos como lo son los fertilizantes y paquete de herbicidas, fungicidas necesarios para la siembra los compra en un municipio y se tarda un tiempo de 15 minutos en carro desde la comunidad donde vive, y los materiales para la elaboración de muñecos de barro los obtienen en distintas comunidades del departamento donde se extrae el barro; lo cual en ocasiones dificulta el proceso por las distancias que recorren para trasladar el material, aunque siempre se obtiene en abundancia para realizar el proceso.

El préstamo que esta solicitando a Fundación Campo, es para comprar 4 quintales de abono, 1 bolsa de semilla de maíz y fungicidas para el control de plagas y la otra parte para la obtención de materia prima para la elaboración de muñecos de barro e incluso la compra de producto ya elaborado por otros artesanos ya que la demanda de productos es alta.

Con el apoyo brindado al cliente podrá comprar los abonos necesarios para sacar adelante el cultivo de 7,000 metros cuadrados de maíz que ha establecido con el fin de generar algún excedente para la venta de maíz, y se estará fortaleciendo el negocio de elaboración de muñecos de barro; ya que el cliente y su familia tienen tres puntos de ventas uno en Ilobasco a 15 minutos de su casa, otro en la ciudad de san Vicente a 1 hora de su casa y en Sensuntepeque a 30 minutos de su casa, con esto podrán abastecer de mejor manera la demanda en los tres puntos de venta.

Con este préstamo el cliente tendrá oportunidad de cultivar los granos básicos que serían asegurando la alimentación de su grupo familiar y además con el préstamo comprara más materia prima para elaborar mayor cantidad de muñecos de barro para abastecer los distintos puntos de venta que tiene y así poder generar mayores ingresos para su familia.

Entre sus planes esta aperturar más puntos de ventas, ya que con el apoyo crediticio cuenta con capital de inversión para materias primas y así abastecer la demanda del mercado.

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More information about this loan

This loan is part of a CrediCampo project to help rural farmers living in extreme poverty plant basic grains to feed their families. Excess product is sold on the local market. These loans are smaller than the typical loans offered by this field partner, and guarantee requirements are also reduced. Individuals who receive this type of loan also get access to technical assistance, information on good environmental practices and increased access to farm inputs like fertilizer. This is considered a high risk loan due to the population and loan purpose, and CrediCampo is one of the very few institutions in El Salvador willing to working with these farmers.

About CrediCampo

This loan is administered by CrediCampo, a Kiva Field Partner in El Salvador. CrediCampo seeks to improve the lives of rural communities and their families in areas including health, education, basic services, and infrastructure. Through its Community Development Unit, CrediCampo provides scholarships, leadership development training, and financial education programs for families in rural areas. CrediCampo’s work is crucial in addressing the issue of poverty in El Salvador. Based on 2009 estimates, 37.8% of the population lives below the poverty line. To learn more about CrediCampo and their work, visit their partner page.

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  • $7,500
    Average annual income
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  • $26,264,500
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Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped Rafael to buy 4 pounds of manure, 1 bag of corn seeds, and fungicides for pest control. The other part will be used to obtain raw material for the production of clay dolls. Also he will purchase already developed products by other artisans because demand is high.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Jun 18, 2013
Jun 26, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 22, 2014