A loan of $1,175 helped to handle the cochineal infestation of his crop.

Romulo Javier's story

The city of Ingenio has a hot climate and many beautiful and amazing tourist attractions, like the San Jose Church that dates back to the Spanish colonial period with many beautiful wood carvings.

Romulo lives here. He is sixty-four years old. His favorite dish is fried pork rinds and in his city, this is one of the typical dishes. Romulo is a very hardworking man and since he was very young, he has learned to earn a living with sweat on his brow. His parents had few economic resources and he needed to support them. Because of this, he could only study up to his last year in high school, but he would have liked to study a career in Agricultural Engineering.

Day to day, Romulo works as an agricultural worker. He also has a plot of land where he presently has planted prickly pear, a species of cactus that grows fruits of many pleasant colors. Additionally, cochineal have infested his crop; this is a species of insect that lives in this type of plant and has a natural coloring. He believes that he is moving forward with his work because he is responsible and above all, because he likes the work that he does.

Romulo is very thankful to the Kiva loaners. Thanks to their help that they are offering, he will be able to cover the cochineal infestation expenses, which includes placing other types of insects in the prickly pear plants. In this way, he will be able to have more cochineal offspring and to have a better harvest. He will thereby be able to have a better income and to continue fighting to be able to realize his greatest dream: "to improve the quality of life and to plant other types of crops."

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christina Mellace

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