A loan of $525 helped to purchase potato seed and fertilizer for his crops.

Juan's story

Juan is a farmer. He is 40 years old, single and lives in Sololá.
Juan makes his living growing potatoes, onions, carrots and green beans on a plot of land that he rents with other farmers. It is located a few kilometers from his home. Juan learned to farm from his father, but before growing his own crop, he worked with others. That helped him to perfect his work and to gain more experience farming.
Juan has now been growing his own crops for fifteen years. He saw that he would have a getter income working on his own. He is requesting a loan of Q 4,000.00 (USD $525) so that he can purchase potato seed and fertilizer to later plant and harvest. This will improve his income and his family's quality of life.
With his earnings, Juan dreams of purchasing a plot of land and expanding his plantings. He also wants to build a better dwelling for his family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marni Siegal

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