Total loan: $1,000

Santos Alejandra

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Gotera, Morazán Department, El Salvador / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy fertilizer to grow vegetables for $250.00, and also to pay the laborers $150.00. She will also buy manure to grow corn and beans for $400.00, and pay the laborers $200.00.

Santos Alejandra's story

Alejandra is 51 years old and has been a recurrent client of Fundacion Campo since 1995. She is one of the founding members of the organization, and is an active member of the loan committee in her community. She was married at age 24 and has 9 children; four of her children have emigrated to the United States out of the need for a better life. She works together with her husband in agriculture (growing corn, beans and sorghum). She completed the fourth grade in her community. She comes from a family of 4 siblings (three males and one female), whose parents always taught them to work hard in order to get ahead. She lives in her house wth her husband and 5 of her 9 children. Three of her children are students at the basic education level in their community, one is studying nursing in the city, and the other helps her with the household work and in her tailor shop. In 1996 she went to a clothing factory in the city, where she learned to make pants and shirts for men and women. This helped her, so that she now makes uniforms for the students in six schools in neighboring communities. Her daughter and three other people help her with this activity. For almost two years she has worked growing vegetables (planting cucumbers, tomatoes, chilies, broccoli and other things). She learned this trade through training and technical assistance that she has received through various organizations that work in agriculture. For this activity she needs to travel to the closest city to buy seeds, which takes about 30 minutes by urban transport. The loan she is requesting is to buy fertilizer to grow the vegetables, which will cost $250.00, and to pay $150.00 for laborers. She makes some plant-based fungicides herself in the community. She will also buy manure to grow corn and beans for $400.00, and pay the laborers $200.00. With this investment she will obtain better harvests and ensure that her family is fed. Alejandra dreams of setting up a well-organized business in her community. Her aspiration is also to support her children in their studies. It is for them that she works every day.