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

Jorge Gregorio's story

Jorge is a 58-year-old man living in Sololá with his wife and 8 children, four boys. The oldest is about to complete his academic career at the end of the year and the other three younger ones attend elementary school. He also has four daughters who help Jorge in the fields and sometimes work as domestic employees in the homes of third parties to contribute to family economy.

He’s a hardworking, kind man who comments that he works growing potatoes, onions, beans, green beans or according to the time of year. This was the same work his parents did and he learned it as time went by. He comments that he attended elementary school at night while working days and studying at night contributing to his family and his siblings’ economy.

He’s now been working with his wife and children for the last 30 years and noting now that his needs have increased he’s requesting a Q 5,000.00 loan to buy potato and onion seeds as well as organic fertilizer these vegetables need to grow. In this way his family income will increase. He hopes with his income and profits generated in the future to be able to have a business like a grocery store and to provide better education for his youngest children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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