A loan of $1,000 helped purchase a yoke of oxen and a heifer calf.

José Isidro's story

José is 29 years old and he is a hard-working, responsible man who fights to bring his family an improved quality of life, ensuring their food, clothing, home, and health. He wakes up at 4:30 in the morning to begin work. He cares for a pine tree farm and has to walk 45 minutes to that location. Twice a week he goes to find cattle to buy so he can sell them the next week. To do all this, he must cover long distances.

He used to be a single father, but he has since found a partner. She works out of the home so as to be available to their two children. In addition to his partner and their children, his mother lives with them, and she also helps with the household labor.

His primary work is selling cattle in the town where he lives and other towns nearby. He has four years of experience in the work, which he learned by following a neighbor around when he was younger. When he realized he didn't have any other options for bringing in income, he decided to begin working at what he had learned.

He also receives income for caring for a pine tree farm. Before he began to sell cattle, he was a farm day laborer. The farm he cares for is about 3km (1.8 miles) from his house, which he travels to on foot. He works in the field from 6am to 4pm.

The loan he is requesting will be used to purchase a pair of oxen and a heifer, which he will later resell. This will allow his family to meet the expenses for their basic needs and allow them to keep improving their overall situation a little at a time.

He plans to keep working with the foundation that continues to support him, borrowing greater amounts. With future loans, he hopes to plaster his home since it is made of adobe and isn't particularly secure. With future income, he wants to invest in purchasing more animals and putting them up for sale. He would like to have a good marketplace where he can buy and sell. He says that he can achieve all this by committing himself to redoubling his efforts, regardless of how early or late he has to work, and by not limiting himself to just one thing.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Shannon Skoglund

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