A loan of $950 helped to buy fertilizers for his lemon crops and also feed for fattening his animals.

Jose Santiago's story

José is 46 years old and lives with his wife and children in his own home. His house does not receive basic services. The area in which he lives is in the rural part of Tambogrande district, in Piura department. This area is noted for its farming, livestock raising and handicrafts.

José has been working in agriculture for approximately eleven years. He raises and sells sheep. His animal pen is large and is located a few minutes from his house. He feeds his animals nutritionally-balanced feed and natural pasture so that they reach an ideal level of growth. He then sells them in the different markets in the area. In addition, José also has some farmland where he grows lemons and mangoes. Once he has harvested his fruits, he sells them in the local market. These income-generating businesses allow him to provide for his family.

José is a long-standing client of Edpyme Alternativa and he has received a loan through Kiva in the past. Thanks to that loan, his standard of living improved quite a lot. He is currently requesting a new loan for 2,500 soles which he plans to invest in buying fertilizers for his lemon crops and feed with which to fatten his animals. This loan will allow him to improve his business even further. José is grateful to the people who supported him with his last Kiva loan and he gives thanks in advance to those who will help him now.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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