Total loan: $400

José Santos

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Osicala, Morazán Department, El Salvador / Agriculture

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A loan helped to pay for laborers to help him with the harvest and to pay for transportation to take it home and store it.

José Santos's story

José, 47, is in a relationship. He's the father of four children, three of whom attend school and only the oldest works with him. José didn't have the chance to go to school because when he was little there were schools near his house and his family was economically needy.

José works as a day laborer on a coffee farm. He learned it because his father took him to the fields. He has 17 years of experience working on coffee farms now, and from it he earns an income to give his family the necessities. He works eight hours a day, from 7 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon, and extra hours when there's a lot to do. He also grows his own staple crops such as corn and beans.

José was supported with three Kiva loans in the last few years and was able to continue working. That way he managed to improve his life, and he's happy because he covered his expectations.

He worked hard to pay back the three loans. Now he needs another one to pay for laborers to help him harvest his crops and to pay for transportation to take it home and store it.

He dreams of expanding his crops more as a way to have more profit, allowing him to continue to send his children to school.