A loan of $600 helped to buy eight sacks of fertilizers, 50 pounds of seeds, two litres of herbicides and payment for manual labor.


Juan Irene's story

Juan is 56 years old, is married and he has five children, only one of whom lives with him. He is a mason by profession, he builds houses and improves homes together with his children, now that they have learned the profession of masonry and they complete work contracts. He also works as a farmer, specifically by planting corn. This time around he wants to sow 14,000 square meters of corn. He has been doing this activity for more than 35 years. He told us that his family worked on this productive activity, that it is part of his family heritage.

He buys the fertilizers, manure, seeds, formulates in the markets in the region that he visits at a distance of two kilometers from his house.

This is the second Kiva loan that Juan seeks and it is to purchase: eight sacks of fertilizers, 50 pounds of seeds, two litres of herbicides and payment for manual labor.

The most basic and most important necessity that would be met by the investment is the planting of corn for him and his family's consumption. Now that the earth is prepared in anticipation, he feels an urge to plant the corn in rows. Moreover, he will obtain the corn seeds now, because later in the season it is very expensive and he does not have sufficient money to buy it. This way he can improve his quality of life. It doesn't worry him because this product can be stored.

Juan has plans for the future to continue improving his home because it lacks several details in order to be finished. He has made these plans for the end of the year, when El Salvador is in the rainy season.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emily Hildreth



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