A loan of $975 helped irrigate and fertilize his crops.

Florentino's story

Florentino is a 49 year old man who lives in the city of Ica with his wife and their 2 children, whom he loves and are his main reason for living. He is a very kind, hard-working, and enthusiastic person. He and his wife work with all their strength to help their family get ahead. Unfortunately, a lack of economic resources and the need to work meant Florentino could not study the professional career of Agronomy as he had desired, but he would have really like to have studied it. During his free time he likes to work and sometimes cook a delicious rice with duck to share with his family.

With a lot of effort and dedication and thanks to his brother's support, Florentino works in the field of agriculture. He depends upon a small parcel of land where he cultivates cotton. He starts working every day in the early hours of the morning, and he works about 10 hours a day. He believes it is going well for him because of his dedication and because he has always liked to work in the field.

Florentino is very thankful for the Kiva lenders; thanks to their help, he can maintain his crops, by covering the expenses of irrigation, fertilization, and harvesting his crops. In this way, he can raise a good crop. He hopes to make a good sale to earn more money, which will help him a lot in the near future in expanding his business with other crops and providing his family with a better quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emily Meinecke

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