A loan of $450 helped to buy fertilizer for tree tomatoes and to purchase pigs.

Jorge Ivan's story

Jorge is 18 and lives in Cotacachi with his parents. He is considered to be a happy, easygoing and entertaining person by his friends.

He works with his father planting tamarillos [tree tomatoes] and raising pigs. He began planting tamarillos 7 months ago but he has been raising pigs since he was a child.

This is the first time he has worked with FODEMI and he will use the loan to buy fertilizer by the quintales [units of weight equal to approximately 220 lbs or 100 kilograms] for the tamarillos and also to buy pigs.

With this investment, he will improve the quality of the tamarillos and will be able to increase his income, which will help to complete construction on his parent’s home.

His dream is for continued economic growth so that he will be able to go back to his studies since he had to leave school due to a lack of money.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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