A loan of $700 helped to buy 300 blocks that cost $120, 4 100-pound 3/8 iron rods that cost $204, 100 pounds of 1/4 iron rods that cost $51, 10 bags of cement that cost $72.50, 4 cubic meters of sand that cost $80, 1 cubic meter of gravel that costs $25, and also roofing, wooden planks, and payment for labor.


Jorge's story

Jorge is 46 years old and married with five children. He has dedicated his whole life to agriculture, which his father taught him. His family is very unified and responsible, and he is known in the community where he lives as a hardworking, honest person with a good reputation, and he works the land in agriculture as a dayworker. He is asking for a loan from the Farm Foundation to buy 300 blocks that cost $120, 4 100-pound 3/8 iron rods that cost $204, 100 pounds of 1/4 iron rods that cost $51, 10 bags of cement that cost $72.50, 4 cubic meters of sand that cost $80, 1 cubic meter of gravel that costs $25, and also roofing, wooden planks, and payment for labor. The investment will allow him to buy all the materials he needs to improve his house and live in better conditions, and on top of that rainy season is coming up. Jorge wants to build a block house, since the one he lives in is adobe, and to give his family a higher quality of life, and also wants his children to study and to continue working with the foundation.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kaleigh Oleynik



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