A loan of $675 helped to buy manure and seeds.

Jorge Luis's story

Jorge, age 52, is a farmer from the Vereda Alto Grande in the Carmen de Viboral municipality in Colombia. His whole life he has devoted himself to what he knows best and knows how to do, farming and working with livestock. Together with three of his six children, this man gets up very early in order to start his chores, which are milking his cows and taking care of his corn and bean crops. His crops are sold at a gathering center in his municipality.

In order to continue with his business activity, Jorge is requesting a loan to buy manure and seeds so that he can increase his production capacity.

His main challenge has been the instability of his business activity. This is because the harvests are gravely affected by the weather changes and the elasticity of the prices. Therefore, his income sometimes varies, which causes losses.

However, even with these inconveniences Jorge gets ahead, trying to give his family financial stability and an education to his three minor children.

His biggest dream is to be able to buy the parcel of land where he lives and to increase his income in the hope of improving his quality of life.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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