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Santos Alejandra
Alejandra is 51 years old and has been a recurrent client of Fundacion Campo since 1995. She is one of the founding members of the organization, and is an active member of the loan committee in her community. She was married at age 24 and has 9 children; four of her children have emigrated to the United States out of the need for a better life. She works together with her husband in agriculture (growing corn, beans and sorghum). She completed the fourth grade in her community. She comes from a family of 4 siblings (three males and one female), whose parents always taught them to work hard in order to get ahead. She lives in her house wth her husband and 5 of her 9 children. Three of her children are students at the basic education level in their community, one is studying nursing in the city, and the other helps her with the household work and in her tailor shop. In 1996 she went to a clothing factory in the city, where she learned to make pants and shirts for men and women. This helped her, so that she now makes uniforms for the students in six schools in neighboring communities. Her daughter and three other people help her with this activity. For almost two years she has worked growing vegetables (planting cucumbers, tomatoes, chilies, broccoli and other things). She learned this trade through training and technical assistance that she has received through various organizations that work in agriculture. For this activity she needs to travel to the closest city to buy seeds, which takes about 30 minutes by urban transport. The loan she is requesting is to buy fertilizer to grow the vegetables, which will cost $250.00, and to pay $150.00 for laborers. She makes some plant-based fungicides herself in the community. She will also buy manure to grow corn and beans for $400.00, and pay the laborers $200.00. With this investment she will obtain better harvests and ensure that her family is fed. Alejandra dreams of setting up a well-organized business in her community. Her aspiration is also to support her children in their studies. It is for them that she works every day.
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La señora Alejandra de 51 años, es cliente recurrente en la Fundación Campo desde el año 1995, es una de las personas fundadoras de la institución, es miembro activa del comité de crédito que esta en la comunidad donde reside; madre de 9 hijos, los cuales, cuatro emigraron hacia los Estados Unidos por necesidad de llevar una vida mas digna, ella se caso a los 24 años. Trabaja junto con su esposo, hasta el día de hoy en la agricultura (siembra de maíz, frijoles y maicillo).

Ella estudio hasta 4º grado en su comunidad, procede de una familia de 4 hermanos (tres varones y una hembra) sus padres siempre le enseñaron a trabajar fuertemente para salir adelante.
En su casa vive con su esposo y 5 de sus 9 hijos, tres estudian en la comunidad la educación básica, una de ella estudia enfermería en la ciudad, y otra esta junto a ella en los quehaceres del hogar y apoyándola en la sastrería.

En 1996, ella se fue a la ciudad a un taller de sastrería, en el cual aprendió a hacer pantalones y camisas para hombres y mujeres. Esto le ha ayudado pues actualmente hace los uniformes a los estudiantes de seis escuelas de las comunidades aledañas, a dicha actividad le ayuda su hija y tres personas mas.

Hace casi dos años esta trabajando en las hortalizas (siembra de pepino, tomate, chile, brocoli y otros), este oficio lo ha aprendido gracias a varias capacitaciones y asistencia técnica que esta recibiendo de algunas instituciones que trabajan en la agricultura. Para ello tiene que ir a comprar la semillas a la ciudad mas cercana, el cual le toma cerca de 30 minutos en transporte urbano.

El préstamo que esta solicitando, es para comprar fertilizantes para la siembra de hortalizas en el cual invertirá $250.00 y también para pagar mano de obra $150.00 algunos fungicidas ella los elabora en la comunidad, a base de plantas. También, comprara abono para el cultivo de maíz y frijol $400.00, pagar los obreros $200.
con dicha inversión, espera obtener muy buenas cosechas y asegurar la alimentación para su familia.


La señora Alejandra sueña con instalar un negocio bien organizado en la comunidad, a la vez sus aspiraciones son sacar adelante a sus hijos en el estudio, para ello trabaja todos los días.

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
  • 642
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  • $25,023,575
    Funds lent in using Kiva
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    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped Santos Alejandra to buy fertilizer to grow vegetables for $250.00, and also to pay the laborers $150.00. She will also buy manure to grow corn and beans for $400.00, and pay the laborers $200.00.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Pre-Disbursed:
Aug 27, 2013
Listed
Sep 1, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
Jul 17, 2014