A loan of $500 helped to buy farm supplies.

Arístides's story

Aristides, 62, has a spouse and five children but only one and three grand-children live with him. He was born on a country estate since that’s where his parents lived and since then he’s worked in the corrals, in the sugarcane fields, on cotton plantations and growing traditional crops like corn and sorghum; these are activities he does as family tradition. He buys his farm supplies in the city and to get there he covers a kilometer on foot or by bicycle and then rides a bus for about 30 kilometers.

The loan he’s asking Fundación Campo for is to prepare 3,500 square meters of land to plant pumpkins. He owns an irrigation pump and two-inch tubing that he’ll use to water the pumpkin fields. This is a profitable summer crop that sells at a good price. He hopes with this investment to gradually attain economic solvency since his corn crops haven’t been generating income; they have been just for family consumption. In future, he’d like to make home improvements since it’s currently made from mud and reeds. He’d also like to increase his cultivated square footage and to buy a larger-capacity irrigation system and to work year-round with his children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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