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Petrona is 65 years old. She is the mother of 6 daughters and a son. She lives in the community where her parents raised her. She comes from a family of 5 siblings (2 brothers and 3 sisters), who now have their own families. For reasons of life, she did not go to school, since her parents told her that her schooling was work in agriculture. Thus she grew up in this environment, planting corn, beans, and sorghum, and also raising pigs.

She married at the age of 17, and from this relation she had 6 daughters, who now have their own households. She lives alone in the community. Five daughters live near her home, and the oldest lives in Guatemala. Her husband died about 25 years ago. The only son that she had died in the war that the country suffered in the 80s.

She previously went to Guatemala, since there her daughter has a little farm where she fattens chickens, where she learned this work, and she also does this in the community, although on a smaller scale. She also learned to raise and manage pigs together with her daughter.

To acquire the supplies for the pigs, the chickens, and the crops, she goes to the nearest city, which is 40 minutes from her house. To take the bus, she has to walk along paths to arrive at the road.

She doesn't have any fixed schedule to do her work, since she needs to be attentive at every moment (to raise pigs and fatten chickens). When she buys the supplies for the farm and raising beans, as well as when she buys concentrate for the chickens and the pigs, she is accompanied by one of her daughters.

The loan that she is applying for is to buy fertilizers for planting 3500 square meters of corn and another 3500 of beans, and three pigs to raise and fatten. She will invest the rest in various household expenses.

With that she intends to assure her food supply and obtain economic income to improve her quality of life. She dreams of building an adobe house, since her present house is of wattle and daub.

With the loan she intends to obtain better economic income for herself and to help her daughters, who are always attentive to her.
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Petrona de 65 años de edad, madre de 6 hijas y un hijo, reside en la comunidad en donde la crecieron sus padres, viene de una familia de 5 hermanos (2 varones y 3 hembras), quienes ya tienen sus propias familias.
Ella por razones de la vida no estudio, pues sus padres le decían que el estudio era el trabajo de la agricultura, así se creció en ese ambiente en la siembra de maíz, frijoles, maicillo y también en la crianza de cerdos.

Se caso a los 17 años y tuvo de esa relación 6 hijas, quienes ya tienen sus propios hogares, ella vive sola en la comunidad, cerca de su hogar viven 5 hijas, y la mayor de todas vive en Guatemala; su esposo murió hace 25 años aproximadamente, su único hijo varón que ella tuvo, murió en la guerra que sufrió el país en los años 80`s.

Anteriormente ella se fue a Guatemala, pues allá su hija tiene una pequeña granja de pollos de engorde, donde aprendió del oficio, y, también lo realiza en la comunidad, aunque en pequeña escala. También, aprendió la crianza y manejo de los cerdos junto con su hija.

Para adquirir, los insumos para los cerdos , los pollos y para los cultivos, los hace en la ciudad mas cercana, que esta ha 40 minutos de su casa, para abordar el autobús, tiene que caminar por veredas y llegar a la calle.

Para realizar los trabajos no tiene horario pues hay que estar pendiente en todo momento (crianza de cerdos y engorde de pollos). Para la compra de insumos para la milpa y el cultivo de frijol, lo hace acompañada de una de sus hijas y también para la compra de concentrado para los pollos y cerdos.

El préstamo que esta solicitando, es para comprar fertilizantes para la siembra de 3,500 metros cuadrados de maíz y otros 3,500 de frijol, tres cerdos para la crianza y engorde, el resto lo invertirá en varios gastos del hogar.

Con ello pretende asegurar su alimentación y obtener ingresos económicos para mejorar su calidad de vida. Ella, sueña con hacer una casa de adobe, ya que su casa actualmente es de bahareque.

Con el crédito pretende obtener mejores ingresos económicos para ella y ayudar a sus hijas, quienes siempre estan pendientes de ella.

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
  • 453
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    El Salvador Loans Fundraising
  • $23,241,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD
Paying Back

This loan has been fully funded!

A loan of $1,000 helped Petrona to buy fertilizer to plant 3500 square meters of corn and 3500 of beans and three pigs to raise and fatten, and also to pay some household expenses.
63% repaid
Repayment Term
26 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 5, 2013
Sep 8, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss: