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Adela is a 61 year old widow with 6 children. She belongs to a large family where her mother and her other sisters were in charge of taking food to her brothers and father who were working in the fields and sometimes they had to help out when there was too much work and her brothers could not cope.

She got married when she was twenty and had six children and with a lot of effort and hard work she and her husband provided schooling for the children and one was able to obtain a 9th grade education, but the others could not because they worked in the fields. Two of them emigrated to the United States because of armed conflict forming their own families there while her other four stayed at home and over time started their own families. The youngest is the only one still with her and he helps her with the farming chores and caring for the animals. Her husband died four years ago and she took over the responsibility of the home.

She works growing corn on 14,000 square meters of corn, working alongside her youngest son and aways paying laborers to finish the work. She has been doing this for many years since her husband was alive. The work is a mile from her house and it takes her several minutes as there is no transport to the place. Her son always helps her work on the slopes.

She will use the loan to buy more agricultural supplies such as compost and fertilizers, and to pay laborers, and to prepare the land for cultivation. She hopes to favor the corn crops so that at harvest time she will have a better harvest and higher income for herself and her family.

She hopes in the future to help her youngest son giving him the opportunity of working and in addition to buy land of his own to work.
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Adela, cuenta con 61 años de edad, es viuda con 6 hijos. Elle pertenese a un grupo familiar bastante numeroso con su madre y sus demás hermanas eran las encargadas de llevar los alimentos a sus hermanos y padre, quienes de dedicaban a la agricultura en ocasiones tenían que trabajar cuando el trabajo era bastante y sus hermanos no daban abasto.

A sus 20 años se caso de esta unión procrearon 6 hijos con mucho esfuerzo y mucho trabajo ella y su esposo les dieron el estudio a sus hijos, solo lograron obtener un noveno grado y otros no estudiaron porque se dedicaron mas al trabajo agrícola, dos de ellos por los problemas del conflicto armado emigraron a los Estados Unidos; quienes lograron formar su propia familia en dicho lugar, sus otros 4 se quedaron en el hogar y con el tiempo se acompañaron formando su propia familia, el menor el único que a quedado con ella quien le ayuda a los trabajos agrícolas y al cuido de los animales; ya que su esposo hace 4 años fallecido y tomo la responsabilidad de la casa.

Ella se dedica a cultivar 14,000 metros cuadrados de maíz, trabajando en compañía de su hijo menor y siempre pagando mosos para terminar. La agricultura lo ha echo desde hace varios años cuando su esposo estaba vivo, el trabajo lo realiza a un kilómetro de su casa siempre que va al cultivo tiene que caminar varios minutos ya que no hay transporte para el lugar, su hijo quien siempre la apoya en el trabajo esta pendiente del cultivo.

Los fondos del crédito serán utilizados para la compra de insumos agrícolas; abonos, fertilizantes, pago de mosos y para preparar la tierra para el cultivo, se espera favorecer mejor el cultivo de maíz y lograr al final de la cosecha una mayor producción y mejores ingresos para ella y su familia.

Espera en un futuro sacar adelante a su ultimo hijo dándole la oportunidad de trabajo, ademas, comprar un terreno propio para trabajar.

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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
  • 699
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    El Salvador Loans Fundraising
  • $28,234,000
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $600 helped Adela to pay for agricultural supplies such as compost and fertilizers, to pay for laborers, and to prepare the land to grow corn.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Aug 16, 2013
Aug 25, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 22, 2014