A loan of $575 helped to hire laborers.

Oswal's story

21-year-old Oswal lives with Bertha, the mother of his two children who are 3 years old and 1 year old. He and his family live in their own home, in the indigenous community of Palomar, in Río Negro, in Satipo province. Oswal is a hard-working father. Despite his young age, he already works efficiently on his farmland. He has 2 'cuadras' (agricultural measurement of land) where he grows coffee and cacao. With these two products he is able to support his family and begin to save up for future expenses.

Bertha helps Oswal in his work after taking care of the house and the children. "The work is very tiring and takes a lot of time", she says. However, even so, they have to work hard to provide for their family.

Oswal's goals are clear. One of his goals is to save up enough money to acquire some items that they lack at home. He would also like to provide his children with a good-quality education. This will be the second loan that Oswal has received thanks to your help. He pledges to be punctual in making his monthly repayments. He says that he feels happy with his community bank which is called "Los Kontonas de Palomar". With his money, Oswal will pay laborers who he will hire to weed his land and maintain his cacao and coffee crops.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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