A loan of $950 helped to purchase 11 sacks of fertilizer, a bag of seeds, a gallon of herbicide and two litres of poison.


Carlos Armando's story

Don Carlos is 45 years old. He's married and has three children. He has worked in agriculture ever since he was 10 years old, because he was raised by his grandparents. He gets up at 4:30 a.m., drinks his cup of coffee and then walks for an hour until he arrives where he works. He leaves at 1 p.m. to return to his home. In order to buy supplies, Don Carlos walks for 30 minutes on foot until he gets to the road and catches a bus that takes him into town. Once he's done with his shopping, he goes back home. He requests a loan from Fundación Campo in order to purchase 11 sacks of fertilizer, a bag of seeds, a gallon of herbicide and two litres of poison. With this loan, he will have money available for purchasing his supplies. That's all he's missing, since he already has the land and he hasn't been able to sow for lack of supplies. By cultivating his produce on time, he will have a greater possibility to sell his crop at better prices. Don Carlos wishes to continue working and saving as much money as possible so that he can provide education for his children. Furthermore, he wishes to give them a decent home, since they live on a plot of land owned by his parents.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Renata Wolff



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