A loan of $300 helped to buy compost, fertilizers, seeds and to improve his land.


Oscar Antonio's story

Oscar, 34, lives in his own home with his wife and their two children. For many years he has worked as a farmer, which is his main source of income. He plants corn and sorghum, and is able to cover their household expenses with the profits from his harvests. He wants to buy the inputs needed for his crops like compost, fertilizers, seeds as well as to improve the land where he plants, which is shown in the photograph. He doesn't have the financial resources to make the investment in the inputs that he needs, so he has decided to ask for a loan which is the only way he will be able to continue with the planting process. Like all farmers, he puts his faith in agriculture because he doesn't have another source of income and he wants to improve himself, doing the best that he can possibly do with his crops. He hopes to get an abundant harvest so that he can keep bringing home the daily bread and pay back his loan.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Berghaus



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