A loan of $825 helped to buy calves.

Hermogene Pablo's story

Hermogene is forty-nine years old and is from the region of stone hills, Teustepe, in the municipiality of Boaco. He is married and has four daughters; only one is studying, and she is in her second year in a computer engineering degree in the capital city of Managua.

He works in agriculture, and makes a living in planting corn and beans. He also buys and sells cheese curds and chicken eggs. He says that when he began to work, he started off as a laborer on a farm, and he saved the money that he earned to buy his first small cow. Afterwards, the son of the man for whom he was working was selling pieces of land. Today, little by little he has bought land in order to plant corn, and he has also continued to buy calves. He brings his corn and bean harvest to Managua to sell, since he can get better prices there.

Today he asks for financing in order to buy calves for fattening; with good care, he will make more of a profit from them when he sells them.

One of his plans for after he pays back this loan, is to take out another loan in order to buy two dairy cows. He also wants to buy a plot of land on a river bank to plant irrigation corn, and to sell it by the ear in order to make more profits and to be able to pay for the studies of his daughter.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christina Mellace

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