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Mercedes De Jesús
Mercedes, 38, is married and has four children. She’s been working in agriculture since she was 13-years-old; her father would take her along to help him and would tell her that she needed to learn to work because that would be useful when she had her own home.

Later she took up with someone but it wasn’t good but after that she met a good man that she married. She helps him with the agriculture and she also likes commerce; she sells fish and also likes the clothing business even though her life is very demanding because she must rise at 4:30 in the morning to prepare her husband’s breakfast and then get her children ready for school and after that head out to sell.

The loan she’s asking Fundación Campo for is to buy two gallons of herbicide to control weeds, a bag of seeds and 8 sacks of manure. With this investment she will plant corn. She’s already prepared the soil but needs to buy the supplies. She dreams with being able to buy a piece of land to build a brick house since she currently lives in a house that is of metal sheeting on land that doesn’t belong to her.
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Mercedes tiene 38 años de edad, es casada y tiene cuatro hijos. Se dedica a la agricultura desde que tenia 13 años de edad, su papá la llevaba a que le ayudara y le decía que aprendiera a trabajar pues le iba a servir cuando tuviera su hogar. Luego se acompaño y le fue mal, después encontró un gran hombre con el que se caso. Ella también le ayuda en la agricultura y además le gusta el comercio y la venta, ella también vende pescado y le gusta el negocio de ropa, aunque es muy sacrificado la vida de ella, pues tiene que levantarse a las 4:30 de la mañana para preparar el desayuno a su esposo y luego prepara a sus niños para la escuela, posteriormente se va a vender.

El préstamo que esta solicitando a Fundación Campo, es para comprar 2 galones de herbicidas para controlar la maleza, una bolsa de semilla, 8 sacos de abono. Con la inversión, sembrara maíz la tierra ya la tiene preparada pero necesita comprar los insumos.

Ella sueña con poder comprar un solar y construir una casa de ladrillo, ya que vive en lo ajeno y en una casa de láminas.

Additional Information

More information about this loan

This loan is part of a CrediCampo project to help rural farmers living in extreme poverty plant basic grains to feed their families. Excess product is sold on the local market. These loans are smaller than the typical loans offered by this field partner, and guarantee requirements are also reduced. Individuals who receive this type of loan also get access to technical assistance, information on good environmental practices and increased access to farm inputs like fertilizer. This is considered a high risk loan due to the population and loan purpose, and CrediCampo is one of the very few institutions in El Salvador willing to working with these farmers.

About CrediCampo

This loan is administered by CrediCampo, a Kiva Field Partner in El Salvador. CrediCampo seeks to improve the lives of rural communities and their families in areas including health, education, basic services, and infrastructure. Through its Community Development Unit, CrediCampo provides scholarships, leadership development training, and financial education programs for families in rural areas. CrediCampo’s work is crucial in addressing the issue of poverty in El Salvador. Based on 2009 estimates, 37.8% of the population lives below the poverty line. To learn more about CrediCampo and their work, visit their partner page.


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  • $7,500
    Average annual income
  • 514
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  • $31,744,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $400 helped Mercedes De Jesús to buy agricultural supplies.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 12, 2013
Jun 27, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 17, 2014