Total loan: $1,450


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El Cua, Jinotega, Nicaragua / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy farming supplies for his corn and bean crops.

Melkin's story

Melkin is a 31-year-old farmer and a father of three children. He was only able to complete his studies through the third year of secondary school. Melkin worked hard on his father’s farm, which enabled him to develop into a good person. He currently cultivates basic staple crops, primarily corn and beans. He also has a parcel of coffee and several beef cows. He also engages in buying and selling livestock.

Five years ago, Melkin inherited from his father 20 plots of land that are currently in production. He cultivates seven plots of beans and alternates by planting corn the following cycle. The rest of the land consists of pasture and also two plots of coffee. Melkin is requesting a Kiva loan from FUNDENUSE to buy farming supplies to help him plant better quality bean and corn seedlings. He will also provide good care by applying fertilizer and foliar nutrients in a timely manner so that he can obtain the best possible yields from his crops. If he continues to have the support of Kiva loans, he will be able to cultivate more land, which will allow him to have a better quality of life.

His next goal is to set aside 12 plots of land to use as pasture for productive dairy cows. In the future, he hopes to improve the infrastructure on his property and purchase more land.