A loan of $700 helped to buy seeds, fertilizer, manure, pest and weed control so that the crops are not damaged, and to cover lease payments for the land, payment for workers, among other things.


Anagil's story

Anagil, 36, is married and has three children, ages 19, 17, and 15. She works sowing basic grains like corn and beans. She grows during several cycles throughout the year. The first and second cycles are the productive cycles during the rainy season in El Salvador. She also has flooded fields, since the river passes through the area where she lives and she retains the water to irrigate the fields. She does this with the help of her husband. They have been doing this activity for more than 10 years. She buys the agricultural supplies that she needs for the planting in an agricultural services store in the city, which is two kilometers from her home. The loan will be invested the purchase of seeds, fertilizer, manure, pest and weed control so that the crop isn't damaged, lease payments on the land, and payment of laborers, among other things. The main need that will be met with the loan is the planting of 7,000 square meters of corn, because the land is ready and they have the workers ready to carry it out. She is also forging the family's future since they will have a higher income that will help out a lot. With the sale of the corn, she will have the income to maintain the family and this way their quality of life will be much better than it is not. Her plan for the future (depending on how the sale of the corn goes) is to purchase 7,000 square meters of land to plant basic grains. She doesn't want to rent land anymore, because in past years it has been costly to rent the land because the landowners already promised it to other people.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Caitlin Jones



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