A loan of $1,500 helped to buy fungicides, fertilizers and insecticides.

Rafael Antonio's story

Rafael is 40 years old and works together with his wife. Their three children are still attending school. Rafael works as a full-time farmer and his wife helps him to sell the fruits of his harvests. Rafael experienced difficulties for a while in obtaining supplies for his crops but, thanks to a loan from Afodenic and Kiva, he has been able to make progress. He is requesting a new loan to maintain two 'manzanas' (just under 3.5 acres) of 'pitahaya' (dragon fruit). He will buy supplies such as fertilizers, insecticides and fungicides. In the future, Rafael plans to buy more land so that he can continue increasing his capital by growing more crops.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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