A loan of $1,000 helped to invest in the repair and maintenance of a tobacco-drying room.

Santos Valentin's story

Señor Santos is a 48-year-old Kiva client, a native of San Antonio district in the municipality of Pueblo Nuevo, Esteli. He is a farmer who has been growing tobacco for 15 years. He went to school up to junior high school, and is now the father of five grown-up children. He says his first loan was a great help because it could cover the cost of supplies and the rental of land to grow tobacco, which generated a good crop. His first loan was used for the purchase supplies and labour payment so that he was able to sow five manzanas (8.6 acres) of tobacco. He wants to improve production and offer better quality produce this year, which is why today he requires a second loan. This time he will invest in the repair and maintenance of a tobacco-drying gallery. This will help him improve the quality of his produce, and the development is supported by his children as well as by Kiva. He hopes to have the support of Kiva to keep your business growing, to cover the tobacco production costs, generate more income and to move forward with his family.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Rosa Oswald

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