A loan of $1,000 helped to purchase 25 quintals of iron, and farming inputs to plant (corn and beans).

Cristóbal Iván's story

Cristóbal is new to Fundación Campo, recommended by his mother who is already a client of the institution. He is 20 years old, lives with his wife of three years, and he studied until eighth grade at the school in the community where he lives. He comes from a hardworking family that is engaged in planting corn and beans. They have also been engaged in selling iron and coal for fifteen years. Now, he is engaged in farm work, and he sells iron and coal to make curved machetes. Sometimes, he makes trips in the family car. He runs the business from his parents’ home.

He learned the iron and coal sales business from his parents. He has been working on his own for a year and he helps his parents with the farm work (planting corn, beans, and sorghum). He travels to the city twice a month to buy iron, depending on the demand in the area. He has to pay $20.00 for each trip, and it takes forty-five minutes to reach his destination. He travels with his mother and works every day of the week. On Sundays, he also takes trips in the family car to various villages in the community.

He is requesting the loan to purchase 25 quintals of iron, and he will invest the remainder in the purchase of farming inputs (to plant corn and beans). In this way, the client will increase his inventory, allowing him to obtain higher sales, and at the same time, higher income for his family. Cristóbal dreams of buying a car to make trips to the villages in the community, thereby obtaining more income. He also wishes to set up his own location where he can offer his product (iron and coal) to his customers.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eleanor Francoletti-Putz

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