Total loan: $1,000

José Romeo

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Ciudad El Triunfo, Usulután Department, El Salvador / Agriculture

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A loan helped to pay the rent on a piece of land he will cultivate.

José Romeo's story

José, 57 years old, studied through the sixth grade of primary school. He has been married for 34 years. His wife takes care of the household duties and has an informal business selling milk and cheese. They have 4 children, of whom only one is with them, and he works in farming. José is a small-scale farmer. He has done this work for 40 years. He learned the work from his parents, who taught him it since he was very young. He decided to do this work since he did not find another way of moving his children forward and giving them the food they needed. In addition to this work, he also raises livestock, since his wife sells milk and cheese. But the main work is farming. He works 5 hours a day and travels 2 kilometers in order to get to the parcel of land. He goes by horse, sometimes in a cart, and sometimes on foot. He will use the loan to pay the rent on a piece of land he will cultivate. The loan is important, since he does not have his own place to grow the grain, and with the loan he will have a place. He also says that he needs it because it is the principal source of food for his family. For his business, he dreams of one day having his own land to cultivate, in order to produce more and to have better profits. For his family, he wants to continue supporting them as he has for all the time they have been in his care. He hopes to expand the business, growing other products that will improve his income, such as vegetables and greens, and in this way improve his family’s diet.