A loan of $500 helped to buy three sacks of fertilizers, corn seeds, and herbicides and fungicides to control pests and weeds that can harm his crops. He will also pay laborers to prepare his land.


Gregorio's story

Gregorio is 71 years old, widowed, and has five children. He is a hard-working, very humble person who never had the chance to know his father. It was very difficult for Gregorio growing up without a father and, because he was the eldest son, he was the one who had to help his mother to farm and work for the family. He started growing his first field of corn at the age of 15 and hasn't stopped working since. Nobody taught him all the things he knows about farming. He learned them because he could see the needs of his siblings and mother. In common with other farmers in his area, Gregorio buys his supplies wherever he can get them at the best price and save a few pesos. He has to travel around 30 minutes by pick-up truck from his community to get to the place where he buys his supplies and this has its price because he has to pay for them to deliver the products to his property, where he loads them onto his back and carries them to his humble home. Gregorio is requesting this loan from Fundación Campo to buy three sacks of fertilizer, corn seeds, and herbicides and fungicides to control pests and weeds that can damage his crops. He will also pay laborers to prepare his land. With this loan, Gregorio will have all the products he needs to adequately care for his crops. This will allow him to achieve a better, good-quality harvest that will beat local productivity levels and his sales will be easier. Gregorio would like to help his grandchildren to learn to earn a modest living. He hopes that they will do well in life.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard



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