A loan of $500 helped to buy a bag of seed, two sacks of fertilizer and one liter of herbicides. He will also pay for laborers and a tractor to prepare his land.

Edwin Alexander's story

Edwin is 31 years old and single. He started working in agriculture when he was seven years old as his parents were very poor and so had to teach their children to work. Edwin currently lives with his parents. He gets up very early each morning in order to milk his cows. He has a cup of coffee and then takes the cows to a plot of land which is a 30 minute walk from his home. He makes the most of this trip and works there for seven hours. At 1.00pm, he returns home to rest a while, then goes back to bring his cows home. He says that wants to work so that the members of his household don't want for anything.

In order to buy the supplies he needs, Edwin must take a bus to the city. He has to walk downhill for 25 minutes then catch the bus that will take him to the city. The bus journey takes 50 minutes each way.

Edwin is requesting a loan from Fundación Campo to buy a bag of seed, two sacks of fertilizer and one liter of herbicides. He will use the rest to pay for laborers and use of a tractor. This will enable him to sow his crops as he managed to put together the money he needed to pay for the rental of his land but didn't have enough left to buy supplies. This is why he requested the loan. He is very grateful to Fundación Campo for their support because without the money he couldn't sow his crops. If he couldn't sow his crops, he wouldn't be have enough food to feed his family, let alone enough to sell.

Edwin would like to work very hard and save because he dreams of finding a wife and starting his own family. He would also like to build his own home as he currently lives with his parents.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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