A loan of $1,000 helped to buy farming products such as seeds and manure.


Benedicto's story

Benedicto is 49 years old and lives in a village in Kuluyo, in the province of Sacaba, city of Cochabamba. He is married to Martina and they have five children, all of whom are financially dependent on him and his wife. Benedicto is a farmer. He has lupine, potato and bean fields. He lives very far from the city, even from the province. He and his wife are a hard working couple. They weren't able to receive an education. He only went to primary school and his wife can't write. Martina had to start working from a very young age because her father abandoned her, her siblings and their mother. Since she was the eldest she had to work alongside her mother to support the family. Martina's mother still lives with her. She is very elderly but Benedicto and Martina are grateful that she is still with them, because when they are at work she helps with the children's education. Marina's mother looks after the children because Martina has to milk the cows and make cheese, which she sells in the village to obtain some extra income, and Benedicto works the land to sow his crops. Benedicto is a hard working and responsible man. He works hard to get ahead. He is requesting a loan to buy seeds and poultry manure in order to increase his income. This will help him support his children until they finish school. The children study in the local village school. All neighbours pay the teacher so she can come and teach the children. Martina and Benedicto want a better future for their children and that's the reason why they work so hard.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alba Sort



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