A loan of $800 helped to buy seeds, fertilizer, foliar fertilizer, pay for workers and pay for 14,000 square meters of land that he will use to grow corn..


Sotero's story

Sotero is a 56 years old man who lives with his partner and their four children. He has been a farmer since he was ten years old. His father taught him how to grow corn. In addition to farming he cares for cows. During the harvest he cuts sugar cane and he also buys and sells chocolate. He gets up at 3am in order to feed the cows. Afterwards he goes out to cut sugar cane. His bus leaves at 4:45 am and returns at 6pm. The farming supplies that he needs he gets from the city. He walks for ten minutes to catch the bus that takes him on the thirty-minute ride to the city. On the return trip he carries the supplies on his back to his house. This loan, that he is requesting from the Countryside Foundation, will be used to buy seeds, fertilizer, foliar fertilizer, pay for workers and pay for 14,000 square meters of land that he will use to grow corn. His wish is to buy his own land, which he can work and later give to his children so they have places to build their houses.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Esther Levandoski



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