A loan of $800 helped to buy materials to improve the roof of his house, as well as to buy raw materials to use to make medicine.


Joaquín's story

Joaquín is 46 years of age, married, and has one son. From a young age he has worked growing basic grains, such as corn and beans, to support his family. He also participates actively in the church, where he is a catechist. Over the years Joaquín has taken various courses to prepare natural medicines which were given in the church. During the armed conflict that took place in his country, he was also taught how to make natural pastes for medicinal use. A year ago he bought a mill to grind medicinal plants, and this is how he prepares his products. Joaquín needs to travel to the city to buy the raw materials he needs to prepare his medicines, and has to walk between 15 and 20 minutes to the spot where he catches the bus. The loan Joaquín has requested from Fundación Campo is to buy materials to improve the roof of his house, as well as to buy raw materials to prepare medicines. With this investment, he will be able to repair the roof on his house so that he is ready for the rainy season. He will also have enough medicine to offer his customers, to whom he sells by traveling to different neighborhoods. His wish is to have his own natural medicine business in the city, and to provide for his son’s education.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Paul Lambert



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