A loan of $1,000 helped to buy fertilizer, to pay workers to clear the land where he will cultivate 10,500 square meters of corn, and to buy iron and coal to make curved knives and machetes, as they are currently in great demand.


Fausto's story

Fausto, 49, is married and has three daughters, ages 16, 18, and 20. He is very well-known in his community, which is located in the hills far from the city. For years, he worked alongside his father on the farm and in the blacksmith shop (making curved knives, machetes, and bars, among others). He started making these tools, which farmers use to work the land, at the age of 14. At the beginning, they worked along with three other people; now there are two. He also works in agriculture, farming 10,500 square meters of corn. At the age of 19, Fausto emigrated to the United States to work in construction. He returned to his country at the age of 23. Later, he once again moved abroad and returned when he was 27. By then, he had already bought a plot of land and built his house.

He wakes up at 3:00 a.m. to make sixteen curved knives before 9:00 a.m. Afterwards, he moves to the farm where he plants his crops in order to prepare the land. He buys iron and coal, the raw materials with which he makes knives and machetes, every 22 days in town, depending on the demand. He pays for transport to make these purchases. The process is the same when he buys farm supplies.

He is applying for a loan from Fundación Campo to buy fertilizer and to pay for workers to clear the land where he will cultivate 10,500 meters of corn. He will use the rest to buy iron and coal to make curved knives and machetes, because they are currently in great demand. With this investment, he will be able to obtain a good harvest which will help him to feed his family. By making more curved knives and machetes, he will receive greater earnings. He sells them in his house, and he sometimes goes out to make sales in the town plaza. He would like to improve his home and give his children an education, because he only studied up until the fifth grade.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Volz



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