A loan of $1,000 helped to buy soluble manure for his tomato crop.

Westfall Humberto's story

Westfall is 33 years old, married, and has a 2 year-old son. He was born in Pueblo Nuevo, in Estelí municipality. Westfall studied business administration but he works growing vegetables. He started his business 7 years ago when he was 25, at first growing tomatoes over one 'manzana' (just over 1.5 acres) of land. Half of the money he used for this was his own and the rest was from a loan. Westfall used to be an elementary school English and gym teacher but then he started growing crops full time. He also grows sweet peppers.

These days, Westfall owns 5 'manzanas' (just over 8 acres) of land and has 3 workers who help him. His dad and brother also help him in his business. In addition, he has a small sales location where he sells agricultural supplies. It isn't very well stocked but it helps him to support himself. He distributes his products in Sebaco and the city of Estelí.

Westfall requested this loan to buy soluble manure which he will use on his tomato crop. With this investment, he hopes to harvest 2,500 small crates of tomatoes which will make him good profits and satisfy the demand of his buyers (he exports his produce to Managua, Salvador and Honduras). He also hopes to improve his yield.

Some of Westfall's future plans are to buy a work truck, to do better maintenance work on his tractor and to buy another 'manzana' of land so that he can expand his crop. He also plans to make use of technology and use a better irrigation system.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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