A loan of $1,000 helped to buy three calves so that he can breed them, fatten them up, and in the future sell them and turn a profit.

Franklin Yovani's story

Franklin is 25 years old and he is single. He is a young man that has worked in agriculture for the past 8 years. His father taught him how to cultivate the land when he was very young, along with his brothers.

Franklin works in his father's maize field and he also works for small wages for other people in the region. They pay him 40 dollars every two weeks, which works out to about $2.66 dollars per day. He doesn't own his own land to cultivate, and so he needs to rent the land. Even with all of these limitations, he has not lost sight of his dream of improving the living conditions of his family.

With the little money that he earns in wages, and with his savings from the sale of surplus items from his harvest, he was able to buy a cow, which has given him three more and he now has four cows. This has motivated him to improve his family's situation by breeding and fattening cows.

He buys his supplies and materials about 7 kilometers from his home, but he has to pay to transfer the items by truck. He has a wagon but does not have any ox to pull it.

The loan that he is seeking from Fundacion Campo is so that he can purchase three calves and breed them, fatten them up, and in the future sell them to turn a profit. He is taking advantage of the rainy season because there is an abundance of grass, which makes it easier to take care of and fatten up the calves for a future sale.

This loan will give him alternatives to making an income, to carry out his agricultural activities, and permit him to improve his access to basic services.

His dream is to have his own land, cultivate it, and make money so that he can provide for the basic needs of his family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Andrea Connelly

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