A loan of $400 helped to install electricity in his home and to build a fence around his farmland..


Catalino's story

Catalino is 38 years old and lives with his wife in a house that they built two years ago. Catalino works as a laborer during the dry season (November to June) and as a farmer during the rest of the year (which is during the rainy season). His wife sells over-the-counter medicines in their community.

During the dry season (which lasts approximately nine months), Catalino depends on his job as a ranch hand. In this job, he earns between $6 to $8 per day. During the farming season, he cultivates 7000 square meters of land. He grows enough to feed his family and has a portion left over to sell. The profit from what he sells is used to buy all the supplies he needs for farming. Last year, Catalino received a loan from Fundación Campo for growing corn. He completed his payments responsibly.

He is now requesting a loan from Fundación Campo in order to install electricity in his house. In addition, he will build a fence along the perimeter of his farmland. Two years ago, Catalino and his wife built a house out of adobe (earth or crude clay). With the help of this loan, Catalino will be able to have electricity in his house for the first time in his life. As a result, he will be able to have appliances for preparing and preserving food. In addition, his home will have greater security because he will have lighting at night. Since his property will have access to this service, it will increase in value.

In the future, Catalino wants to buy a refrigerator, a stove, and a griddle for making “pupusas” (a traditional dish in El Salvador). Since his home is in a strategic location, Catalino wants to open a small store and start selling “pupusas” so that his wife will not have to travel far in order to work. They will also have another source of income that will allow them to live decently.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica



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