A loan of $400 helped to buy fertilizers, herbicides, manures, etc.

Santiago's story

Santiago is 37 and lives in his own house with his wife and his five children, ages 19, 17, 16, 5 and 4. The three eldest currently go to school. He has been farming for several years, and his main crops are corn and beans.

When his crops are ready he stores them in the bins that are shown in the photo, so that later he can go and sell them in the markets where staple grains are bought and sold.

With the earnings he gets from his sales, he manages to pay his household expenses. Santiago is requesting a loan so that he can buy the supplies he needs, such as fertilizers, herbicides, manures, and other things, so that he can have a good harvests and this way obtain better profits, in order to provide his family with better financial stability.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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