A loan of $400 helped buy 5 sacks of manure (of 2 quintals each) to fertilize 7,000 square meters of corn.

Martín's story

Martin is 36 years old, single, and has a 3rd grade education. But 4 people (3 brothers and his mother) depend on him. He alone works daily to sustain them. Martin works in agriculture; he does what he learned, as he has been obliged since he was small -- his father died when Martin was 10 years old and the family became his responsibility.

Martin has always grown corn; there is no possibility of dedicating himself to another activity. For his commitment he has few resources. He works in the community. To get there, he has to walk 20 minutes. At times, his brothers are able to help him with light labor, such as fertilizing. He dedicates more or less 4 hours per day to his work.

With the loan he is soliciting through the Campo Foundation, he will buy 5 sacks (of 2 quintals each) of manure to fertilize 7,000 square meters of corn.

Martin's dream is to acquire his own parcel of land to work. At the moment, he rents crop land. Martin also wants to establish a good credit record, so that in the future he can obtain a little more financing. His income, at present, goes entirely for family expenses. But he hopes to obtain a better income in the future.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD

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