A loan of $5,000 helped to pay his harvesting crew and pay for farm inputs.


Lee's story

Lee has been farming since he was born. His parents came from Laos as refugees in 1979. Lee's father had helped the Americans in the war effort. When they arrived in the U.S., they started their own small farm to make ends meet and stay productive.

Lee followed in his parent's footsteps and started his own farm in 2012, successfully farming 10 acres of tomatoes, green beans, eggplant and other specialty Asian crops. He received a loan from Fresno CDFI to start the farm and repaid the loan in full.

Lee's farm is located on the outskirts of Fresno. He is now getting ready for the harvest season. He sells his products to local packing houses and wholesalers. Lee is requesting $5,000 to pay his harvesting crew as well as for fertilizer and other supplies for the farm. Savings from a Fresno CDFI Individual Development Account (savings match program) will supplement loan proceeds.



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