A loan of $1,000 helped to buy fertilizers, insecticides, weed-killers and seeds to sow 17,500 square metres of sorghum.

José Ángel's story

José, a 46 year old man, has studied up to the seventh grade. He has a partner who is also a farmer and three children who are all adults.

Specifically, he sows corn, sorghum and beans, which he grows in the rainy season. In the dry season he carries out other activities such as for example: rearing pigs, which gives him other sources of income.

He has been a farmer since he was 12 years old. He learnt to work on the land thanks to his stepfather, who taught him how. His corn field is located 5km away from his house. He travels there by bicycle. His partner helps him with the farming.

The loan he is requesting is to buy fertilizers, insecticides, weed-killer and seed to sow 17,500 square metres of sorghum, because this crop gets a better price in the market, compared to corn whose price has fallen.

With the loan he will have the money to establish and manage his crops. This will allow him to earn income which will cover the basic needs of him and his partner.

He wants facilities to come to the canton which have alternative ways of diversifying farming, so the area is not dependent only on the most common crops (corn, sorghum, sesame and beans) and therefore there will be less risk of losing the investment made.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Clare Hearty

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