A loan of $1,000 helped to buy fertilizers and organic manure for his corn crops.


Santiago Felipe's story

Santiago Felipe V. C., 60, is married and has four children whose names are: Freddy, 30, Javier, 28, Hilda, 35, and Miguel 40. They live in San Francisco de Rumí Pamba which is an hour and a half from San Miguel canton, Bolívar province.

He is a member of the “San Francisco de Rumí Pamba” communal bank which has 25 members in total most of whom are in agriculture and sheep-raising.

Santiago has worked in agriculture his whole life; it is his family’s main source of income. Among his crops are: potato, corn, pea, broad bean, wheat and cattle pasturage. He sells each harvest’s product in San Miguel.

Santiago is asking for funds to buy fertilizers and organic manure for his corn crops. His goal is to improve his crops and his way of life. The challenges he faces are the lack of support for farmers and low income.

Santiago tells us that he enjoys singing beside the river in his free time.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz



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