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Jose Alonso

El Salvador
San Miguel, El Salvador / Agriculture

A loan of $800 helped to pay rent for the land he farms, repair fences, an purchase all of the supplies he needs for the planting, care, and harvest of corn and sorghum crops. The loan will provide working capital to produce grains that are the base of Salvadoran families' daily diet (1 hectare corn, .45 hectare sorghum), for controlling weeds, and raising chickens and calves in the dry season.


Jose Alonso's story

José is 68 and married with two children and five grandchildren. He has amassed a lifetime of experience, starting when his parents left their home when José was three to do farm labor. José's parents worked growing cotton and corn and doing various other tasks on a ranch. His father was the foreman and taught José everything there is to know about raising the region's traditional crops, preparing him for a lifetime of farm work. Today, José's grandchildren help him work his farm and raise calves.

José has to drive a pickup truck to the city, 12 kilometers away, to purchase agricultural supplies. He then drives back to his farm, where he, his children, and grandchildren carry everything 0.5 - 1.2 km on their backs.

José is requesting a loan from the Campo Foundation to pay rent for the land he farms, repair fences, and purchase all of the supplies he needs for the planting, care, and harvest of corn and sorghum crops. The loan will provide working capital to produce grains that are the heart of Salvadoran families' daily diet (1 hectare corn, .45 hectare sorghum), for controlling weeds, and raising chickens and calves in the dry season. If the rainy season, with God's blessing, leads to a good harvest, José hopes to purchase more land. His main goal is to teach his grandchildren to work and to show love and respect for nature. José's grandchildren will no doubt go to school and become professionals, but a good man knows how to earn a living any honorable way he can, by the sweat of his brow.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Stephen Volante



Loan details

Loan length:

12 months
Repayment schedule: At end of term
Disbursed date: June 11, 2013

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Loan details

Loan length:

12 months
Repayment schedule: At end of term
Disbursed date: June 11, 2013