A loan of $700 helped to buy manure, fertilizer, and insecticides and prepare his land for planting.

Fausto De Jesús's story

Fausto, 64, is married with one son. He has worked in agriculture from a very young age. He is from a family with eight sisters and as the only son, he had to work more with his father and help him in the fields. At the age of 25, he got married and began to work independently from his father since he had plenty of experience.

He buys his farm supplies in two different cities, depending on where he finds the products he needs at the cheapest price. One city is 6 kilometers away from his house and the other is 2 kilometers away. Afterwards, he has to pay for transport so that someone can bring the products to his house and later to the area where he plants crops. He has to pay a driver about a kilometer from his house for this.

He has applied for a loan from Fundación Campo to buy manure, fertilizer, and insecticides and to prepare his land for sowing crops. At the end of the harvest, he hopes to have better earnings for himself and his family. In the future, he hopes to improve his home so that he and his family can have a better quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Volz

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