A loan of $2,350 helped to buy a plot of land for growing corn and stover.

J Jesús's story

Jesús is a FRAC client. He is 55 years old and has been married to Marcelina, who is a homemaker, for 38 years. The couple live in the town of San Felipe del Progreso. This is a town that has all the public services its people need. The couple have four children, only one of whom is still dependent on them. He is in his fifth year of elementary school. Jesús has an electromechanical workshop in the town center. He is a very hard-working and entrepreneurial person. Although he was not able to attend school owing to the fact that there weren't many opportunities to do so when he was young, he is a person with big ideas and a great desire to do well in life. On this occasion, he is requesting a loan to buy a field where he can grow corn, barley and beans. He has two years experience in this business of growing crops and he tells us that he has taken the decision to buy this field because he used to work in a way which is commonly referred to as doing work by 'going halves'. This is when one person sets up the field and another person sows the seeds and works the land. When harvest time comes round, half of the harvested crops go to the owner of the field and the other half goes to the person who worked the land. Although this worked well for him, he realized that he could do better if he bought his own field because this would mean that all the harvested crops would be his. Jesús will sow crops in his field. Some of the harvested crops will be for his own consumption and he will turn some into fertilizer. He says that once he has harvested his crops, he will sell them in the in market San Felipe. This whole process will take him somewhere between four and five months. Up to now, Jesús has not experienced any difficulties in carrying out his work. As he is a very hard-working and entrepreneurial man, he says that he would like to buy and sell lambs in the future.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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