A loan of $650 helped to buy potato and onion seeds to cultivate.


Jorge Fernando's story

Jorge is a farmer who is 31 years old, single and who today lives with his parents and siblings in Sololá. He has worked in agriculture since he was 12 years old, the age at which he ended his primary education and for economic reasons could not continue studying. Now, with his siblings, he supports his family's economy. He works cultivating potato, beans, beets and more, a few kilometers from his home to later harvest them and sell them in the same place and in the edges of the region. He has realized that in the last few months the harvests have been very good and he has seen them leave him with good earnings. In light of this, he sought a loan of 5,000 quetzals to be able to buy more onion seeds and potatoes along with the inputs that he uses. One of his biggest dreams is to be able to construct his own home in the future, or even better, to buy land where he can cultivate more vegetables.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emily Hildreth



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