A loan of $525 helped to buy potato seeds and fertilizer for his crop.

Mateo Yaxón Chumil's story

Mateo, 70, is a farmer. He is married and lives in Sololá. He has seven children. Four of his six sons are married, and his daughter is married too. They work independently.Two of his sons still live with him and help him in the fields. He works in agriculture, growing potatoes, onions, carrots, and green beans on some parcels of land that he has a few kilometers from his home. He learned this trade from his father, because he did not have the chance to study in school.

Before he had his own crop, he worked with his sister, where he perfected and gained more experience in his work. Now he has had his own crop for 25 years, and he has had acceptable earnings. This is why is applying for a loan of Q 4,000.00 so that he can buy potato seeds and fertilizer. He will plant it and harvest it and improve his earnings and his family's quality of life. With his earnings, he dreams of buying another parcel and being able to expand his crop and earn more money in the future.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Caitlin Jones

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