A loan of $1,200 helped to buy four steers to fatten with grazing and also to buy agricultural materials to grow vegetables and corn.

Pedro Antonio's story

Pedro is 31 years old. He is married and has three children. He learned to work raising cattle when he was a child with his father, since it was the only thing they knew how to do, as they had no education and there is a lack of employment in El Salvador. Every morning Pedro takes his animals to the pasture so that they can eat and in the afternoon he takes them back home again to keep them in their pen and not risk being stolen. Pedro has a yoke for oxen that he uses to help neighbors to plow the land and earth up their crops. That is how he gets other income to support his crops and his family.

To buy his steers, he has to get on a truck in his community and travel 45 minutes till he arrives in Tiangue. There he spends the better part of a day until he gets the animals he likes and later he has to put them on the truck and return home.

The loan he is asking Fundación Campo for is to buy 4 steers to fatten up with grazing and also buy agricultural materials for his vegetable and corn crops. With the investment, he will buy his steers and have them graze for a certain amount of time to later sell them and make a profit so his family can eat and he can pay off the loan. When he has a larger number of animals, he will have more income in a more continuous way which will help his family to secure their subsistence.

He plans to work very hard to build a brick house for his children, since right now they live in a sheet metal house. He also wants to help his children study and have good careers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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