A loan of $450 helped to pay labor costs, and purchase inputs, refreshers, and compost.

Alejo's story

Don Alejo is a humble, 67 year old farmer from Teustepe. He is a hard worker, despite the fact that he did not complete his education. He has been planting corn, beans, and wheat for 52 years. He is the father of eight adult children who live on their own. Don Alejo began farming at fifteen years old, helping his parents on their lands. The he decided to become independent. His father left him part of the land in order to help him. After he had gained experience and mastered the business, he began working for himself in planting. Today, with his own effort, he not only plants basic grains but also has his own cows and land that he purchased with the profits from his farm work. In his business, he pays laborers because the workload is too much for him to handle by himself. He markets his products in his community and in the surrounding area. His wife contributes additional income to the household selling curdled milk (used to make cheese and yogurt) produced by the cows. Don Alejo expects to do all the planting tasks, such as cleaning the bean grains, so that production will be better than in years past.

He is requesting the loan to pay labor costs and purchase inputs, refreshers and compost, which will help him harvest his crops in a timely manner so that he does not have to sell his animals to cover productions costs. He plans to pay off the loan with the profits from the harvest and invest in the purchase of animals (cows). He expects to keep his business going on order to get ahead and have a better standard of living.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eleanor Francoletti-Putz

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