A loan of $1,450 helped to buy chemical fertilizer, organic fertilizer and other chemical farm supplies.

Jose Remberto's story

José lives in the community of TinTin in Mique Province, Cochabamba Department. He has three dependent children. José works in agriculture and in his free time as a locksmith. He had weather-related problems, draught and frost, during his previous growing cycle; water levels for irrigation dropped and crop production did too. This disaster led to his family’s economic collapse because they supported themselves through agricultural production growing mostly peanuts, beans and potatoes each year on their small parcel.

José is a very well-liked and respected person where he lives because of his dedication to agricultural work and for the locksmith services he provides with which he moves his family forward; he also makes up for economic shortfalls working as a day laborer in agriculture to earn a few pesos and be able to support his children and pay for their schooling.

He’s asking for the loan to buy seeds, chemical fertilizer, organic fertilizer and other agricultural chemicals to improve production and his quality of life. He works small parcels of land that are owned by his entire family.

He strongly believes that he will improve his condition and his economic solvency with this loan and that in future opportunities he will invest larger loans that will make it possible for him to start businesses that are more profitable and have higher economic value.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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