A loan of $1,500 helped to purchase sulfate, sorghum, fungicides, insecticides, herbicides, and pay laborers.


José Aguedo's story

José is 46 years old and married with two children. He is a modest, hardworking person who is engaged in the cultivation of corn, beans, and sorghum. He learned this work at an early age from his father. Since he is the eldest of his brothers, he recalls that his father bought him a “cuma’ [curved knife] to carry and taught him how to clear the cornfield. Rising early and working all day, he didn’t have the opportunity to study until he was fourteen years old and they sent him to school where he learned to read and write. Later, he decided to start his own family and has been cultivating basic grains and fattening Creole pigs to make a living and pay for other necessities. Nowadays, he is teaching his son how to cultivate so that he can develop job skills in the future and give him space to study and develop other skills. He purchases his supplies at a place that gives him better prices and the quality products that he needs for growing such as seeds, fertilizer, and poisons to control pests and diseases in his crops. In this way, he can plant a good cornfield and yield good production at the harvest. In addition, he has to travel 15 kilometers in his “pick-up” to get to the place where his customers find the products they need. He will use the loan he is requesting from Fundación Campo to purchase twelve bags of sulfate, and sorghum for planting. He will also buy products such as fungicides, insecticides to control pests and diseases, and herbicides for weed control in crops. In addition, he will use a portion of the funds to pay people that help him with land preparation, sowing, and fertilizing planted crops. This investment will help the client purchase agricultural inputs and so, cultivate basic grains for his family’s consumption. He will also be able to dedicate himself to his crops as he has done since childhood, and in this way, generate income for his family. Last year, he had problems with his harvest because he didn’t have money to take care of his crops. However, thanks to the support that Fundación Campo is offering him today, he will be able to sow his basic grains and give them the necessary attention to obtain a better production. In this way, he will have food for his family as well as income to pay for the needs of his wife and children. He thinks that after paying off this loan, he will take out another one and allocate it to purchase cattle (heifers), fatten them up and have them impregnated, and later sell them. In this way, he will be able to generate more income to pay for his household needs.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eleanor Francoletti-Putz



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