A loan of $800 helped to buy farm supplies and carpentry supplies.

Mártir's story

Mártir, 39, is married. He’s a hardworking person who works as a carpenter; he has four years’ experience in this line of work. He learned it thanks to some friends who taught him this occupation when he was abroad and that was his source of income to support his family. He also works in agriculture having learned it from his father since he was little and he’d take him along to do field chores. This is how today he knows what chores are needed for growing corn.

He buys the supplies he needs for the carpentry work in a local hardware store and to do so must travel by motorcycle for about 10 minutes to buy what he needs and be able to finish his work. Often he buys the lumber in the same canton from people who work selling lumber.

The loan he’s asking Fundación Campo for is to buy agricultural supplies like four sacks of manure and a bag of seeds to plant; he’ll also buy fungicide and herbicide for pest and weed control. Another part of the money will be used to buy materials needed for the carpentry work.

The loan will help support Martín so he can buy agricultural supplies and have the opportunity of growing basic grains for his family’s consumption. It will also cover the need he has for some materials he uses in carpentry work to generate income to get ahead with his family.

In the future, he plans to have a better-established, orderly workshop because at present it’s in his house’s hallway and doing his work there is uncomfortable because of the lack of space. He also plans to have more tools used to decorate the furniture he makes.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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