A loan of $550 helped to buy agricultural supplies (compost, fertilizers and pesticides).

Diego De Jesús's story

Diego, 46, has two children and lives in a common-law marriage. He has lived all his life in the countryside, where he learned to work in agriculture, especially with sugar cane. This is because it is the main economic activity of this region and because it is his family’s business.

Diego is currently working for a panela mill [unrefined whole cane sugar] . He also takes care of his own plantation where he works during the weekends, since he has to follow the mill’s timetable. This is why he has to hire day laborers that help him with the maintenance activities. His income comes from his work at the mill and from growing and selling the cane (to the same mill where he works). This way, he can make enough to maintain his family.

Diego is requesting a loan to buy agricultural supplies (compost, fertilizers and pesticides) in order to continue taking care of his plantation and to pay for the labor. His dream is to expand his plantations and make them more productive, so that he can give his family more financial stability, give his children a better education and improve the whole family’s quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Santiago Mejía Dugand

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