A loan of $575 helped to buy fertilizer and herbicides.

Valentin's story

Valentin is 70, but has the spirit of a young man of 20. He is very friendly, and above all hard-working. From a young age his parents taught him to earn his daily bread with the sweat of his brow, as they didn't have many financial resources. For this reason he could only go to school as far as the primary level, but would have liked to have finished school.

He is the father of three children whom he loves very much. Although they are adults, he is always attentive to them, especially to instill in them good habits. He tells us it is better to be humble but honest.

His home is located in Nazca, a city noted for having a year-round warm climate. Here we also find the Nazca lines, which are geoglyphs located in the middle of an extensive arid plain, that were used by the ancient Nazca culture as a kind of astronomic calendar for the rainy season.

When Valentin has spare time, he likes to read and also ask his wife to prepare one of her dishes, the very delicious “Adobo” (pork in a spicy sauce).

Valentin works on his crop field with a great deal of enthusiasm. Currently, he has planted butter beans. He works on his planting around eight hours daily, as is always aware of how the crop is growing, and especially whether it has some pest infestation. He believes that things are going well in his business because he is very careful and has already been working several years in it.

Valentin is very grateful to the Kiva lenders, as thanks to the help they have provided him, he will be able to buy organic and other fertilizers for maintaining his crop, especially to avoid his crop being infested with pests. This way he will be able to take good care of his crop, and especially to obtain a good harvest. This way he will be able to continue working, in order to make his greatest dream a reality: "To have more crop fields in order to have more plantings".

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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