A loan of $200 helped to buy weed-killer and fertiliser to sow 0.4 hectares of corn.

José Danilo's story

José is a 33-year-old man who has a 7 year-old-son. He was born and bred in San Miguel but, security problems forced him to move with his family to a different place. They built their houses there in a space previously occupied by the Pan-American Highway. For family and financial reasons he had only 4 years of primary education and now lives alone with his 7-year-old son as his partner left him for another man. José's mother lives close by and helps him with his son and does some of the housework while he does agricultural work (for himself or as a day worker) or works as builder's assistant because they are the main economic activities in the region. He works with his brother growing basic grains (corn) on a plot of land which was left unused after the state bank repossessed it. Now the locals grow subsistence crops on the land which is 0.5 km away. José buys his agricultural supplies in the city, which is a 10km bus-ride away, and then carries them on his back to the plot. His son goes to the local school each morning and is in the first year of primary education. The loan will be used to buy agricultural supplies (weed-killer and fertiliser) to sow 0.4 hectares of corn. The aim is to use the corn to feed his family and to sell some to local tortilla sellers and thereby pay of the loan. José hopes that the loan will enable him to produce enough grain for his family's consumption and to sell the rest to pay off the loan he has applied for. His ambition is to see his son study for a professional career and to eventually free himself of his current commitments. He has an existing loan from another institution which has to be repaid within two months. He hopes to improve his living conditions and buy some furniture, as he currently only has the bare necessities. Additionally, he does not have electricity and so having this installed is, perhaps, his most pressing need.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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