A loan of $1,500 helped to buy 17 sacks of fertilizer and a bag of seeds, and to pay for the labor.

Julio Fredis's story

Julio is 57 years old, married, and has two children. He has made a living in agriculture since he was 10 years old. His father was the one who taught him, and he always instilled in him that he should work. Later, when Julio got married, with more reason he had to fight on behalf of his family.

Apart from agriculture, his father also taught him bricklaying, how to repair shoes, and how to make horse saddles. Julio is grateful to his father for having taught him so much; due to the circumstances of his life, he has had to do everything. Owing to the fact that his dream is that his children graduate from the university, in order for them not to experience what he has lived, even though Julio expresses pride of all that his father taught him; but like all fathers, he wishes something better for his children.

He gets up at 4:30 a.m. in order to carry out some activities in his home, and then he goes to the place where he works and returns to his house at 5 p.m. In order to complete his work, he buys some of the needed materials in the town and sometimes he has to travel to the bigger city to bring materials to repair shoes and saddles. In order to get to the town, he has to walk ten minutes, and then he boards a bus that takes an hour, but if he goes to the bigger city, the bus ride is an hour and a half.

The loan that he is requesting from Fundación Campo is to buy 17 sacks of fertilizer and a bag of seeds, and to pay for the labor. The crops need the final fertilizing and to sow corn there he hopes to obtain greater income. He expresses that he will continue working very hard to save and provide for the schooling of his children, and if God allows it, he hopes to leave a house for his children, since currently they live in a relative's house.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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