A loan of $1,000 helped to buy fertilizer.

Juan Pablo's story

Juan, 31, is married and has one child. He has 15 years of experience in the field of agriculture, which he learned from his father when he was a little boy.

He gets up at 5 in the morning to start work, taking his animals to the pasture. After eating breakfast he goes to his field to start the farm tasks, which can take him half a day to keep his crop weeded and free of pests. He always plants 7,000 square meters of corn and 7,000 square meters of yuca because with these crops he earns his income to feed his family.

He has to board a bus in his community to travel 25 minutes to the city where he buys his supplies. After buying them he returns home.

He's requesting the loan to buy 10 bags of fertilizer and other products for his 7,000 square meters of corn and 7,000 square meters of yuca.

By buying all his supplies in just one trip he'll be able to avoid going to the city so much, which results in wasted time and more expensive purchases. At the same time he'll take care of his crop in a timely fashion, which will help him get a bigger harvest and better income to pay back his loan and feed his family.

Juan plans to save money and build his own house.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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