A loan of $400 helped purchase agricultural tools.

Alfonso's story

Alfonso is 22 years old. He is single and he lives with his siblings in his parents' house. They call him "the cultivator" because he wants to change his community's agricultural crops for organic ones: but he lacks the technical knowledge. Since his parents have always sown in the traditional way, when they cleared the undergrowth and scrubs they used to burn them. But a short while ago they learnt that this type of process improvises the land and results in needing chemical products in order to fertilize the land, so now they don't know what to do with the weeds that they the used to clear from their farm without causing these effects. Alfonso has suggested looking for adequate training in order to be able to care for their lands, because he says he likes this type of cultivation, as with time they will have a good market and see their profits increase and this will give them the opportunity to study for a professional qualification. When he asked for his first credit with MFP he promised to make prompt repayments and he has done this up until now. The money he has asked for is in order to purchase work tools in order to remove the scrubs and undergrowth, and with the rest he will pay for a professional course in organic cultivation.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer katy long

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