Celestino De Jesús
He’s now in a relationship and his life companion does domestic chores. He lives with her and their three children who are attending school in the community. His mother lives with them too and helps him with the agriculture since his father is deceased; he used to be the one to help him.
Celestino has been growing corn since he was little. He used to work alongside his father and brothers and learned this activity very well. He’s currently growing 7,000 square meters of corn and he also works as a laborer caring for livestock.
He must rise at 3am because he has to milk 10 cows where he’s employed as a day laborer and in winter after doing all his work he must go to where his crop is growing which is a kilometer from home and then return in the evening to bring back the livestock from the pastures where they spend all day feeding.
The loan he’s asking for is to buy fertilizer and manure for the upcoming corn and bean harvests. He hopes in future to move his children forward with their schooling and also to build a better house for his family. He will use profits from the loan to buy farm animals.
Celestino se ha dedicado al cultivo de maíz, desde que estaba muy pequeño, trabajaba junto con su padre y sus hermanos quienes aprendieron muy bien a esta actividad, actualmente cultiva 7,000 metros cuadrados de maíz, también se dedica a trabajar como jornal al cuidado de animales.
Tiene que levantarse a las 3 de la mañana, ya que tiene que ordeñar 10 vacas donde trabaja como jornal y para la época de invierno, después de hacer todo el trabajo tiene que irse a donde tiene sus cultivos y es a un kilómetro de su casa y por las tardes se dirige a traer los animales en donde los dejan todo el día para que puedan comer.
El préstamo que esta solicitando, es para comprar fertilizantes y abonos, para la posterior recolección de la cosecha de maíz y de frijol.
Él aspira a futuro sacar adelante a sus hijos, en el estudio. Ademas, construir una mejor vivienda para su familia, las ganancias del crédito los utiliza en la compra de animales de granja .
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 CrediCampoThis 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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