A loan of $700 helped to buy solid fertilizers (300 lbs), spray fertilizers (2 l), insecticides (1/4), and fungicides (1 gal) for his crops of 1,000 tomato plants and 500 chili plants.


Jesús's story

Jesús and his young daughter are pictured above.

Jesús is 48 years old, in a relationship, and has three children; the first is 15, the second is 9, and the youngest is a 5-year-old girl. They all live with him. Jesús, for his part, was able to get a sixth grade education. His life partner takes care of the housework, but when the situation calls for it she helps out with the farm work.

He grows staple grains and vegetables for a living. He learned to do this work at a very young age by his father's side and due to life's circumstances, he has been working in this productive business since he was nine years old. Aside from planting, he works in construction, which provides him with additional income during the dry season. The distance from his house to his crops is about 1 km, but the entrance to the community where he transports his supplies is 5 km and he goes on foot.

With this loan he will buy solid fertilizers (300 lbs), spray fertilizers (2 l), insecticides (1/4), and fungicides (1 gal) for his crops of 1,000 tomato plants and 500 chili plants. He hopes to make enough profits to repay his loan and have a surplus to supply his family with necessities, such as better nutrition, and to keep supporting his children so they can continue their primary education.

In the future he hopes to increase his production to 3,000 tomato plants and to diversify his crops with cucumbers, carrots, cabbage, etc. as he will be able to expand his market in the city and generate more income for himself and for his family.

He hopes to teach his children what they need to know to take care of themselves in life. He also hopes to give them at least a mid-level education, which will give them the option of finding work that will allow them to get out the conditions of poverty in which the family currently lives.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alyson Trowbridge



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