A loan of $300 helped to purchase compost and fertilizer, pay youths and prepare the land to cultivate 7,000 sq. meters of corn.


Modesto's story

Modesto, 68 years old, is a widower. As a child he was given away to an unrelated couple because his parents were not able to raise him. His adoptive family treated him as their own son. They had few financial resources, but what was important was that they raised him to be an honorable person.

When he was 12 years old he was working as a day laborer in the corn fields. At the age of 20, he married and had a daughter. Today, she has a partner and lives quite far from him. His wife died six years ago and he is alone.

Modesto continues working. He cultivates 7,000 sq. meters of corn. The person who showed him how was the boss he had when he was 12 years old because he has engaged in this work since that time. He also raises cows and hires out as a day laborer in the area around his house. He works on a hillside two kilometers from his house. He has to get up at dawn because he milks a certain number of cows owned by a cattle breeder in the area. Afterwards, he goes to his corn fields where he works the soil. Later he returns to take care of the animals he has at home.

Funds from the loan will be used to purchase agricultural supplies, such as compost and fertilizer and to pay lads to help prepare the land to cultivate 7,000 sq. meters of corn. In the future, he wants to buy milk cows so that they can be used to accumulate savings for his old age.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney



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