A loan of $200 helped buy 5 bags of manure to fertilize 7,000 square meters of corn and 3,500 square meters of beans, as well as, pay for day laborers.


José Luís's story

José, 48, started working in agriculture at 8 years old. He is married and has three children aged 22, 19 and 15; all of his children live with him and work with him. He works in farming only because his level of education is 1st grade and he only knows how to write his name. He walks 8 Km from the community to where he buys supplies and carries it all back by wheelbarrow; this takes him half a day, but he has no other choice. He is requesting a loan from Fundación Campo, with which he'll buy 5 bags of manure to fertilize 7,000 square meters of corn and 3,500 square meters of beans, as well as, pay for day laborers. This loan will help José buy supplies that he needs to be sure that he's giving his crops the necessary care to produce increased yields, and in turn, a higher income. This higher income will allow him to buy his children what they lack, like beds. He's never been able to buy them beds. He'd like to provide them with a better life. In the future he'd like to be completely self-sufficient, he'd like his children to profit from the harvest, he'd like to invest his profits in improving their living conditions, like having a house that is at the very least made of adobe so they can live a little better.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Beatriz Yuste



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