A loan of $600 helped to buy manure, fertilizers, and tools like a machete and an ax.

Walter's story

Walter is 35 and lives in his own home with his wife Jakeline, who makes a living by selling fish but is also his partner in his business. They have 3 children for whom they care, protect and hope to be able to offer a good education. Walter grows and harvests palm oil. He plows and fertilizes the land. He tells us that when his plants are in the process of growing, it's necessary to irrigate them continuously because of the heat in the city. He also has to protect them from pests that attack this species of palm. He does his work 50 kilometers from the city in a community known as "Neshuya." Here he has 12 hectares of land, which he is cultivating and plowing for planting.

He started this business because the majority of people who live in this community do this work. The government makes it easy to obtain seeds for this plant. He does this work with his wife and two workers that he hires to plant, care for, and harvest his plants. Before he started this business, he had problems generating economic income and couldn't support his family because he didn't have a steady job. This is why he decided to start his own business to generate his own income. He hopes in the future to increase his production and to increase his economic earnings. This will be his fifth loan with Microfinanzas Prisma. He wants to keep making his payments on time. He also knows that the group is made up of friendly and respectful people. With the 1,500 PEN requested, he will buy manure, fertilizers, and tools like a machete, ax, etc. And he will pay the workers that help him with his work.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tanya Harper

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