A loan of $1,025 helped to buy fertilizers and agricultural supplies for maintaining his plantain and African palm plantation.

Jose Efrain's story

José is 68 years old. He lives in a village that is part of Baracoa, in Cortés department, together with his wife and his three children. José has been a farmer his entire life, and has been growing plantain and African palm for around 35 years.

He produces plantain, as well as palm fruit, which is used to extract vegetable oil. He sells his plantain in the local markets, and sells the palm fruit to the collection centers in the area.

The loan he is applying for is his fifth, and he will use it to buy fertilizers and agricultural supplies, in order to maintain and assist his crops. His aim is to improve the growth of his plantation and increase output.

His goal is to expand his palm cultivation, so that he can earn greater income and improve his quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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