A loan of $1,025 helped to buy fertilizer and fungicides for growing corn.


Jose Manuel's story

Manuel is a 52-year-old man who lives with his family in a community in the southern zone of Costa Rica, in Concepción de Pilas, Puntarenas. The local economy is based on agricultural and livestock production, particularly the growing of tubers, coffee, corn and beans, and livestock raising.

Manuel is requesting a loan for 500,000 colones so that he can care for his crops, buying fertilizer and fungicide to protect his corn seed crops as it is a reliable and sustainable choice. With these fertilizers, Manuel will increase the soil's capacity to absorb different nutritional elements. He will use the fungicides to avoid fungus appearing on his plantations so that his customers will not risk ingesting them and becoming ill.

In this way, Manuel will provide good-quality produce to his customers. He will reach the sales goal that he has set out for each month. He will also be able to meet his obligations and payments so that he can provide for his large family.

Manuel is a member of the Danta community loan company, one of 150 community loan companies in Costa Rica.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard



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