A loan of $400 helped to buy fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides, to rent fields to grow 3.5 acres of corn and 1.7 acres of beans, and to pay for the labor to clean the fields.


José Willian's story

José is 23 years old and single. He lives with his father, a brother and a cousin, all of whom have always worked the land. José also works in agriculture and now has 12 years of experience. He says he has good values, is very responsible with the commitments he takes on, and that he is well known in the community. José will buy the materials in the city, for which he has to travel 22 miles in the community’s public transit. The public transit goes by his community four times per day, but many times the buses do not come and it costs a lot to get to the city. José is requesting a loan from the field partner to buy fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides, to rent fields to grow 3.5 acres of corn and 1.7 acres of beans, and to pay for the labor to clean the fields. José will use the income from selling the two harvests to provide food for and support his family, who depend almost entirely on these harvests. In addition to providing work for the members of his family, José says that the cultivation of the fields together – as a collective productive activity – brings his family closer together. It also improves their quality of life and increases their income. José would like to build a better home. He would like to finish the construction of the back part of his house, where there is wall that is damaged. He would also like to improve his education level, because he has only completed ninth grade. He is thinking of doing a “high school diploma by distance” program, which he would go to on Saturdays.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Graham Robinson



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