A loan of $425 helped to buy farm supplies and pay labor costs.

Francisco's story

Francisco’s from the Escobillo District in Teustepe. He’s married and has six children who are all married now.

He works growing corn and beans and he relates that even though his father back then had money, he wasn’t able to learn to read because his father was an alcoholic and when his father died they were left bankrupt. His older brother taught him to work the land and to grow corn and beans.

He got married at the age of 25 and his mother passed down land and cattle to him that he still has today. He does his farming chores with help from laborers he hires and pays a daily wage to. When his harvests are in he takes them to be sold in the market in Managua because he’s paid well for the grains there. Francisco also sells the cheese made from milk his cattle produces.

Today, Francisco is requesting a loan to buy fertilizer and manure and to pay labor costs for his corn and bean crops. Francisco says that the loan will help him do all the work required to plant corn and beans. He says that once he repays the loan with income from the harvest he will use any left over money to make improvements to the farm.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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