A loan of $1,150 helped to buy carrot seeds and fertilizer for planting.

Felipe Chumil Tún's story

Felipe is a 44 year old farmer. He is married and lives in Sololá. He has seven children, four of them boys. One of them is on his own, another is a student in primary school at a community school and two work with him in the fields. One of his three daughters is a college student and the other two help out at home.

He is a farmer who grows carrots, potatoes and beets on a parcel of land he has next to his house and on another parcel some kilometers from his community. He learned this from the time he was 10 years old, working with his cousin in farming, It has been his main job and source of income.
He saw the need to create and have his own crops because he saw that the price and the quality of the product he grows is making good profits and has helped in the economic development of his family.

Now he has been growing his own crops 22 years and sees that he has another opportunity to expand to another parcel. That is why he is asking for a loan of Q 9,000.00 so he can buy carrot seeds and fertilizer for planting and to harvest, improving his and his family's income.

He dreams of in the future being able to support his family and give his children who are still in school a good education, all of which will be to have a better family development.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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