A loan of $750 helped to buy farming supplies to be able to grow more corn. He needs fertilizers, herbicides, and farming tools.

Roberto Carlos's story

Roberto Carlos, age 34, lives with his family in a humble house in a rural area. He is an enterprising man who gets up every morning with new expectations for seeing the way to get ahead for him and his family.

He currently devotes himself to farming, as he has done for 20 years. He grows cucumbers, corn, and beans. He sells part of his harvest, and that is how he covers the daily expenses he has, and he brings home the daily bread.

Roberto, being an entrepreneur, works as a day worker when he is not cultivating his crops. He lends his services to others who devote themselves to agriculture. He wishes to increase his production and see the way to sell more products.

He grows crops like corn, beans, and cucumbers on his mother’s land, and he lives with her. He wishes to buy agricultural supplies to be able to grow a greater quantity of corn. He needs fertilizers, herbicides, and tools like hoes and machetes.

Given that he does not have his own resources, he requesting a loan from INTEGRAL. He will use the loan to buy agricultural tools. He hopes to have this important support, and with it he will try to fulfill one of his biggest dreams. This is to be an independent farmer and to work full time on his land.

He is sure that this year, 2012, his harvest will be abundant, and he will be able to repay the loan he is requesting. With this help, he will be able to improve his living conditions and those of his family.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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