A loan of $300 helped buy two small bulls.

Ramon Alejandro's story

Ramón Alejandro V. lives in a community called San Pedro. His property has 12 “manzanas” (1 manzana = 1.68 acres), and he uses different areas for different activities. He uses two manzanas to grow basic grains (beans and corn) and ten manzanas to raise livestock. He plants basic consumable grains like beans and corn and raises cattle. That is the reason for the loan. He will buy two small bulls to raise until they gain more weight. He will then sell them for a better price than what he paid for them.

This client set up and started his work activity with an inheritance of five manzanas of property that his parents gave him. He started to grow basic grains like beans and corn on that property only during the winter season. Since he was 13 he has always done this field work. He did this with his wife’s help; she helps with other important activities in their house. An example of a normal work day is for both of them to get up very early to prepare the tools he will take to the field. His wife prepares the food he will take to his work. This way they both support and help each other in their work.

He currently continues with his agricultural and livestock activities. He hopes to continue improving his work activity in order to be able to increase his operation all of the time. In the winter season his primary source or way of working is farming. In the summer he gets an alternative source of income from raising livestock. This allows him to improve his income.

This is Ramón Alejandro V.’s first year of working with Ceprodel, and it is his first loan. The impact and benefit that he expects for his family and himself is positive. With this other alternative he will be able to get other income that will allow him to improve his work activities and his living conditions.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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