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Manuel De Jesús
Manuel is 66 years old. He is the father of 7 children and currently cares for two of them, plus one grandchild. His other five children live independently with their own families in the same community where he currently lives. He is originally from a village close to where he currently lives. He had to leave because he was once robbed of everything, and decided to move with his family. His wife is a homemaker and helps with agricultural work.

Manuel attended school until first grade and had to leave school because the area where he lived was one of the areas affected most by the civil war at that time.

Manuel makes a living by growing staple crops (corn, beans, and sorghum), which he learned from his older brother. These crops are the ones grown the most in the eastern part of the country. He learned to plant these crops when he was 8 years old when his parents began to take him to the fields. He decided to grow grains in order to provide food for his family. He also works in the afternoons as a caretaker at a home in order to earn additional income for his family. He also raises pigs and chickens to sell in the community. His children always help to care for the crops. Previously, he grew sugar cane and agave.

Manuel requests a loan from the institution to purchase four pigs, cornmeal, animal feed, other products to care for his pigs, manure, and fertilizer for his corn and bean crops.

Manuel dreams of purchasing land to build a better home, since he currently lives in a very small bahareque home (wattle and daub home). This wayk, he will give his family a better quality of life.
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Manuel de 66 años de edad, es padre de 7 hijos, de quienes tiene a cargo dos y un nieto, pues sus otros cinco hijos ya viven separados con sus propias familias en la misma comunidad donde reside actualmente. Es originario de un pueblo cercano de donde vive hoy en día, tuvo que emigrar debido a que le robaron todo en una ocasión y por eso decidió irse de donde está su familia. Su esposa trabaja en los quehaceres del hogar, y también le ayuda en los trabajos de la agricultura.
Manuel solo estudio hasta el primer grado, tuvo que abandonar los estudios debido a que la zona de donde es originario en esa época era una zona de las más afectadas por la guerra civil que azoto en el país.
Manuel se dedica a la siembra de granos básicos (maíz, frijoles y maicillo), rubro que le enseño su hermano mayor, pues son los cultivos que más se plantan en la zona oriental del país, aprendió desde los ocho años de edad cuando sus padres lo llevaban a los siembros, se decidió a la siembra de granos pues ayuda con ello para darle la alimentación a su familia, también trabaja cuidando por las tardes una casa de donde obtiene ingresos económicos para su familia. Además engorda cerdos y pollos para venderlos en la comunidad. Sus hijos siempre lo apoyan en los cuidos de los cultivos. Antes trabajo en la siembra de caña de azúcar y también trabajo en su juventud en el cultivo de henequén.
Manuel solicita un crédito en la institución para la compra de cuatro cerdos, harinilla, concentrado y otros productos para el mantenimiento de los cerdos , abono y otros fertilizantes para su cultivo de maíz y frijoles.
Manuel sueña en comprar un terreno donde construir una mejor vivienda, ya que donde vive actualmente es muy pequeño y es de bahareque, así le permitiría tener una mejor condición de vida para el su familia.

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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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Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped Manuel De Jesús to purchase four pigs, cornmeal, animal feed, other products for the pigs, manure, and other fertilizers to grow corn and beans.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Pre-Disbursed:
Jun 9, 2014
Listed
Jun 22, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
Apr 17, 2015