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Martin is 36 years old, single, and has a 3rd grade education. But 4 people (3 brothers and his mother) depend on him. He alone works daily to sustain them. Martin works in agriculture; he does what he learned, as he has been obliged since he was small -- his father died when Martin was 10 years old and the family became his responsibility.

Martin has always grown corn; there is no possibility of dedicating himself to another activity. For his commitment he has few resources. He works in the community. To get there, he has to walk 20 minutes. At times, his brothers are able to help him with light labor, such as fertilizing. He dedicates more or less 4 hours per day to his work.

With the loan he is soliciting through the Campo Foundation, he will buy 5 sacks (of 2 quintals each) of manure to fertilize 7,000 square meters of corn.

Martin's dream is to acquire his own parcel of land to work. At the moment, he rents crop land. Martin also wants to establish a good credit record, so that in the future he can obtain a little more financing. His income, at present, goes entirely for family expenses. But he hopes to obtain a better income in the future.
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Martín tiene 36 años, con 3° grado de escolaridad y soltero; pero dependen cuatro personas tres hermanas y la mamá y solo él trabaja para el sustento diario. El trabajo es en la agricultura, trabajo que aprendió, porqué se obligo desde pequeño cuando su papá falleció que él tenia 10 años y la familia quedo a su responsabilidad.

Siempre se ha dedicado a la siembra de maíz, no existe la posibilidad de dedicarse a otra actividad. Por el compromiso tiene y pocos recursos, el trabajo lo realiza en la comunidad, para llegar debe caminar unos 20 minutos por momentos le apoyan sus hermanas en trabajos no muy pesados como es en la fertilización a su trabajo le dedica más o menos cuatro horas diarias.

Con el préstamo solicitado a fundación CAMPO, comprara cinco sacos de abono de dos quintales cada uno para fertilizar 7,000 metros cuadrados de maíz.
Su sueño, es adquirir una parcela de tierra propia para trabajar; ya que por el momento es alquilada, quiere realizar un buen récord crediticio, para que más adelante le financien un poco más, sus ingresos en la actualidad son solo para gastos de la familia. Pero considera, que en el futuro obtener una mejores ingresos.

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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
  • 715
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  • $27,098,325
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $400 helped Martín buy 5 sacks of manure (of 2 quintals each) to fertilize 7,000 square meters of corn.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Aug 26, 2013
Aug 31, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 17, 2014