A loan of $600 helped to buy fertilizers and pesticides for cultivating his maize - and to control pests for a good harvest.

Julio Cesar's story

Julio is 61 years old and he has four children - two girls and two boys. He has worked in agriculture since he was 15 years old. Now at 61, he continues caring for and supporting his family via this activity. His father taught him, along with his four brothers, the technical aspects of cultivating the land. In the region in which he lives, the majority of the population works in agriculture.

Julio has a parcel of land very close to his small home, which enables him to work in the mornings and a bit in the afternoon. More than just growing basic grains, he also typically climbs the mountain to collect fire wood and then sells it to earn extra income.

The loan he is seeking from Fundacion Campo is so that he can buy fertilizers and pesticides for the cultivation of maize and so that he can control the pests for a good harvest. He aims to support his family and make a bigger income from the sale of any surpluses after he has met his family's basic needs.

Julio saw the access to loan from Fundacion Campo as an opportunity to make his business ideas come to life. In the future he is thinking about asking for a loan so that he can buy a mill hopper, because in his county there are is already demand for this service.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Andrea Connelly

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