A loan of $825 helped to buy farming supplies.

Carlos Mario's story

Carlos is 19 years old and lives with his parents on a loaned farm. He began learning agriculture when he was young and thanks to his father’s teachings he has been a farmer all his life. He is currently working as an employee, raising flowers, and also raises his own potatoes and beans and receives his father’s support. He sells his harvest in the plaza market where he lives and he has been able to obtain resources to support the finances in his home. Carlos is a dynamic, active, enthusiastic young man with many plans. He is always searching for opportunities that will allow him to get ahead, but he decided to ask for this loan so he can buy farming supplies in quantity (fertilizers, irrigation, fungicide) so he can take advantage of the discounts he gets for paying in cash, allowing him to continue caring for his crops and have a good quality harvest that he can sell at a better price. This way he can increase his profit margin, continue supporting his household finances, and continue investing in his business. He will be able to grow his business and have the chance to provide employment to other farm workers in his sector, so he can not only improve his own family’s quality of life, but also others’.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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