A loan of $1,200 helped to pay workers to help with harvesting and to purchase a dairy cow.

José Andres's story

Sr. José is 35 years old and lives with his life companion. They have one child. José has been farming for eight years. His parents taught him and his siblings how to work. He comes from a family with five children, so he knows what it is like to lack many things in life as a result of poverty. Sometimes the only food available to eat was tortillas dipped in whey and salt, but his family was able to adapt and remain happy.

José and his siblings worked over time and all of them have their own homes. He is very happy that he has a family for whom he can provide the necessities for living. José has a cornfield near his house and says he did not lose much during the winter. For this reason, he is requesting a loan from Fundación Campo so that he can harvest corn and beans. He needs to pay workers to help with this activity. José also wants to buy a cow. Part of the milk that it produces will be sold and the rest will be reserved for household consumption.

José plans to plant corn next year, so he will reinvest the income from this year’s sales. He wants to provide for his family’s daily sustenance and buy a larger piece of land so that he can plant a few more crops.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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