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Lucas is 63 years old and married. He has five children, but only three grandchildren live with him. He grows corn and coffee and he has been in this line of work all his life. He learned the business because his parents used to work on that and all the neighbors work in coffee plantations and sow corn.

He buys the supplies in a town located about 30 minutes from his home, and he walks for about 10 minutes in order to get on one of the pick-up trucks that carry passengers.

He'll use the loan to purchase five sacks of compost so that he can use them in his coffee crop and obtain a better coffee harvest.

By using the fertilizers he'll ensure that his harvest will improve and that his farm will yield more profits. Also, he'll obtain higher earnings for his family and for continuously investing in the farm.

His goal is to sow the waste lands, grow coffee on them and improve his farms.
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Lucas tiene 63 años de edad, es casado, es padre de cinco hijos; pero solo viven con él tres nietos. Se dedica al cultivo de maíz y café, toda la vida se ha dedicado a esas actividades y aprendió el trabajo porque sus padres se dedicaban a ello y todos los vecinos trabajan en cafetales y siembra de maíz.

Los productos los compra en una ciudad que se encuentra a unos 30 minutos de su casa, y camina a pie unos 10 minutos para abordar uno de los pick up que transportan pasajeros.

El crédito lo utilizara para comprar 5 sacos de abono para aplicárselo a la plantación de café y obtener una mejor cosecha de café.

Al aplicar los fertilizantes está asegurando que su cosecha sea mejor y su finca le rinda más y obtener mejores ingresos para su familia y para seguir invirtiendo en la misma.

Su objetivo, es cultivar los terrenos baldíos, sembrarles café y mejorar e incrementar sus fincas

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.

About El Salvador

  • $7,500
    Average annual income
  • 634
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    El Salvador Loans Fundraising
  • $28,084,350
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $300 helped Lucas to purchase five sacks of compost so he can use them in his coffee crop and obtain a better harvest.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 9, 2013
Jul 27, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 17, 2014