A loan of $900 helped to buy fertilizer, herbicide, and pay workers to help grow his corn, bean and vegetable crops.

Erasmo's story

Erasmo is 62 years old and married. His wife is a housewife, he is a farmer. They have two children who no longer live with them as they now have their own families. Erasmo lives with his wife and a nephew who they take care of, as his parents are out of the country. He grows corn, beans and vegetables. In the morning he works in other people's fields and in the afternoon he takes care of his own. He learned his trade from his father, who since he was young taught him about working the land so that when he grew up, he could do this well. This would give him a source of income to pay off his family obligations and credits. The place where he works is 50 minutes walk from his house so he has to get up very early in the morning to accomplish everything he should do.

Erasmo will use the loan to buy fertilizer and herbicides for his crops, as neighboring crops have been invaded by infestations. He doesn't want his crops damaged. Also he will pay people to help him work on his crops as he plants 10,500 square meters of corn, 3,500 of corn and 3,500 of vegetables such as tomatoes, green beans, chilies, and cucumbers.

Erasmo's idea is to increase the amount of products he sells as well as reduce the cost of producing them and the transportation costs. In the future he would like to farm more land and receive a higher margin of profit from his products. He would like to see that his efforts are rewarded, his harvests abundant and that his grandchildren learn his trade. This can provide them a way to earn their living when they have their own families.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer leonardo

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