A loan of $200 helped to buy defoliants, biostimulants, and for payment of day laborers for his agricultural lands.

Carlos Leonel's story

Carlos is a man who is 39 years years old and lives together with his spouse and two children in his own home. He notes that the quality of life in his community is at a subsistence level, the majority of residents are independent workers who are involved in commerce and raising of small domestic animals and some of them are also in agriculture. Carlos lives in the neighborhood of Monte Verde Bajo in the Tambogrande district of the department of Piura, a place where one cannot find basic electrical power and the water consumed in the area is from one artisan well. Equally, all the families who reside there live under these conditions.

The work activity which Carlos is aiming to grow is agricultural. He has 0.75 hectares of agricultural lands that his father had given to him as an inheritance, where he has planted limes and papaya which show good growth of their vegetation and fruits, which he picks weekly and then sells in the local market of his neighborhood. This is work he has done for 10 years and has given him a lot of experience, which has allowed him to maintain a clientele of established customers at his business. His spouse also works and raises small animals and helps him in the work he does, which is to say that they have an excellent family relationship.

Currently, Carlos has proposed expanding his inventory in relation to his sales of harvested produce, an idea that is born of it being a very lucrative activity in his area. It is because of these circumstances that he has chosen to ask for a new loan from Edpyme Alternativa in the amount of 500 Soles, which are intended to buy defoliants, biostimulants, and to pay day laborers for the set up and that in time will permit him to improve his lot in life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Mount

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