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Gregorio
Gregorio is 71 years old, widowed, and has five children. He is a hard-working, very humble person who never had the chance to know his father. It was very difficult for Gregorio growing up without a father and, because he was the eldest son, he was the one who had to help his mother to farm and work for the family. He started growing his first field of corn at the age of 15 and hasn't stopped working since. Nobody taught him all the things he knows about farming. He learned them because he could see the needs of his siblings and mother.

In common with other farmers in his area, Gregorio buys his supplies wherever he can get them at the best price and save a few pesos. He has to travel around 30 minutes by pick-up truck from his community to get to the place where he buys his supplies and this has its price because he has to pay for them to deliver the products to his property, where he loads them onto his back and carries them to his humble home.

Gregorio is requesting this loan from Fundación Campo to buy three sacks of fertilizer, corn seeds, and herbicides and fungicides to control pests and weeds that can damage his crops. He will also pay laborers to prepare his land.

With this loan, Gregorio will have all the products he needs to adequately care for his crops. This will allow him to achieve a better, good-quality harvest that will beat local productivity levels and his sales will be easier.

Gregorio would like to help his grandchildren to learn to earn a modest living. He hopes that they will do well in life.
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Gregorio tiene 71 años de edad, es viudo y tiene cinco hijos. Es una persona trabajadora y muy humilde, que desde pequeño nunca tuvo la oportunidad de conocer a su padre y para el fue muy difícil crecer si un padre; por ser el primer hijo varón de su madre fue quien le ayudo a cultivar y trabajar para la familia y desde que tenía 15 años de edad, inicio cultivando su primera milpa y desde entonces no ha dejado de trabajar, la agricultura y nadie le enseño todos los conocimientos que hoy tiene los adquirió al ver la necesidad de sus hermanos y su madre.
Como todo agricultor de la zona compra los insumos, donde mejor precio le den y pueda ahorrar un par de pesos, debe de viajar desde la comunidad en pick-up durante 30 minutos. Para llegar hasta el lugar donde adquiere los insumos y eso tiene un costo por que tiene que pagar para que le lleven los productos hasta donde vive y de ahí los carga en su espalda hasta que los lleva a su humilde casa.

El préstamo que esta solicitando a Fundación Campo, es para comprar 3 sacos de fertilizantes, semilla de maíz, herbicidas y fungicidas para el control de plagas y malezas que puedan dañar su cultivo. También invertirá en la mano de obra para la preparación del terreno.

Con el préstamo, dispondrá de los productos necesarios, para el mantenimiento adecuado de su cultivo y con eso obtener una mejor cosecha de calidad que supere los niveles de productividad de la zona y sea hasta más fácil su venta.


Su deseo es, ayudar a sus nietos a que aprendan a ganarse la vida humildemente y puedan superarse en esta vida.

Additional Information

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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  • $4,900
    Average annual income
  • 583
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  • $24,026,050
    Funds lent in using Kiva
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    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $500 helped Gregorio to buy three sacks of fertilizers, corn seeds, and herbicides and fungicides to control pests and weeds that can harm his crops. He will also pay laborers to prepare his land.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Pre-Disbursed:
Jun 21, 2013
Listed
Jun 27, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
Jun 17, 2014