A loan of $1,000 helped purchase farming supplies, fertilizers, and compost.

Hugo Alejandro's story

Hugo, age 44, is originally from the community of La Pita in the town of Estelí in Miraflor region. He is married and has six children. Hugo has been growing vegetables for 25 years. He comes from humble origins, so he had few opportunities to continue studying due to a lack of resources. Hugo was only able to achieve a third grade education. He started growing his own crops under the relentless heat of the sun and has been doing this every day for twelve years. When he turned 16, Hugo planted potatoes and used his earnings to invest in the purchase of a cow. He continued to grow vegetables until he was able to buy his own land.

Hugo got married when he was 17. Of all his children, two are in their first year of college. There are others who are in their third year of high school and must walk one hour to get to their classes. Another child helps with planting and has passed elementary school.

Hugo grows cabbages, onions, potatoes, and tomatoes. He is requesting a loan to buy supplies, fertilizers, compost, and pay for labor to continue with the cultivation of his crops to promote output and quality. With this harvest, he hopes to expand the size of his farm so that he can pay his expenses with the revenue he generates. His goals include seeing his children earn their university degrees, achieving self-sustainability, and developing new crops of potatoes and cabbages.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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