A loan of $1,000 helped to buy farm supplies for banana crops.

Bernaldo's story

Bernaldo R. A. started farming bananas 6 years ago. He used to be employed as a day laborer. He had the opportunity to buy a small, 4 hectare, lot in a banana growing area that fortunately had the entire necessary infrastructure in place, like conveyor belts and packers that allowed for more development. He currently has almost 8 hectares four of which are in production.

He has four children that he supports with care and dedication. He sells his crops through the 25 de Julio association, one of the banana exporting firms that take the cops to Chilean and Argentinean markets.

He and his neighbors group together to have their crops aerially fumigated. The field work is more family oriented and sometimes he hires up to two day workers to help with watering.

He is a person with good prospects for future growth and continued improvement of his banana crops.

Bernaldo needs capital to buy supplies for banana crops so that he can produce bananas on his entire property thereby improving his earnings.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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