A loan of $500 helped to buy calves and piglets.

Santíago's story

Santiago, 59, is married and has two children. He’s a man who very much wants to work. He has 30 years’ experience in agricultural work; he raises cattle and pigs. Santiago learned alongside his brothers because they grew up working as day laborers on a cotton plantation. Later on they realized that it would be more profitable to work for themselves and since then have been working in agriculture doing their own work. In order to buy animals, Santiago has to go to a street market and the trip takes forty five minutes each way.

The loan he’s requesting from Fundación Campo is to buy two calves to fatten up in the pasture and to buy piglets to fatten up in the pigsties he has at home. Because draught has been affecting the country, Santiago lost 7,000 square meters of corn unfortunately and this is why he wants to buy pigs and cattle to find an alternative source of income. The loan will help him much to earn more secure income through his animal sales. His dream is to finish building his house because he still has several things left to do.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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