A loan of $1,000 helped to finish his roof before the raining season comes. He will buy 4,000 roof tiles and pay for the labor cost.

José Nelson's story

José, 36, is married and has three children. Taught by his father, he has worked in agriculture since he was just a kid, an activity that has helped him bring food to his family’s table, and that still today is one of his sources of income. He also works in coffee farms, picking coffee and trimming the trees. Last season was not good for him due to a plague that affected the crops; he could not cover all his expenses.

In order to buy all the materials he needs for his job, José travels to the closest city, located eight kilometers away. He walks three kilometers up a hill to the bus stop and must wait for several hours for the bus to come, since transport is infrequent. He has to carry all the materials on his back all the way home.

José is requesting a loan to Fundación Campo to buy 4,000 roof tiles and to pay for the labor cost needed to finish building his house. This way, he will be able to finish his house before the raining season comes, and to give his children their own, cozy space where to live. They are now living with José’s sister.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Santiago Mejía Dugand

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