A loan of $1,500 helped to pay a previous debt and to use the rest to upgrade the base of his mill, replacing the wood with an iron surface as well as to upgrade the infrastructure of the building where he has his mill.


Francisco Orlando's story

Francisco is 28 years old. He is married and has three children aged 5, 8, and 12, respectively. For more than 11 years he has provided services on his mill with one hopper (now he has two hoppers), a product of the financing given to him by La Fundación Campo and Kiva. This business is located 50 meters from the main road that goes to the city. He provides this service to people who live in the community and in neighboring communities between the hours of 4:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The business is managed by his wife, since he also has a transportation service, making trips to the city 3 times per week to buy fruit and vegetables with the women who sell in the market.

He schedules the trips to the city when someone asks him two days in advance. He bought the hopper connected to the mill at a store in the city, which is approximately 18 kilometers away.

He used the previous loan to buy another hopper for his mill, and this loan will be used to make payments on the previous loan as well as to upgrade the base of the mill, replacing the wood with an iron surface, as well as to upgrade the infrastructure of the building where he has the mill.

He would be able to meet existing demand with the purchase of another hopper, and users would no longer have to wait in line for grinding. His future plan is to be able to buy a piece of land to build a house, because he rents where he lives now.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Karen Monat



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