A loan of $400 helped to purchase eights bags of fertilizer, a bag of corn and sorghum seeds, and fungicides, insecticides and herbicides to care for his crops.


Simón's story

Simón is 48 years old, married and has four children. He is a humble and hard-working person who makes a living growing corn, beans and sorghum. He learned this trade from a very young age from his father and brothers, getting up at sunrise and working all day. After he decided to start his own family, he learned how to grow vegetables, starting out with a crop of peppers. Along with this, for a time he also raised calves to sell after six to eight months of development. Today, he has taught his children how to farm so they can develop skills to work in the future. Simón purchases his supplies at a place where he can get quality products at a good prices. He buys products like seeds, fertilizers and insecticides to keep his crops free from plagues and sickness so he can plant a good cornfield and have a great harvest. He has to travel 7 kilometers in a pick-up truck to get to where he can find the products he needs. He is requesting a loan from Kiva partner Fundación Campo to purchase eights bags of fertilizer, a bag of corn and sorghum seeds, and fungicides, insecticides and herbicides to care for his crops. With the loan, he will grow his basic grains, which last year he was unable to do because of a lack of money, and now thanks to the support he will be able to feed his family as well as have income to cover the needs of his wife and children. After paying off the loan, he plans to take out another to purchase calves to raise and later sell, and thus generate more income for his household.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein



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