A loan of $1,500 helped to buy two cows and to pay for repairs around his farm.

Roberto Nolasco's story

Roberto is 65 years old. During his childhood, he studied through the fourth grade but his parents told him that he had to work in order to help the family since there were nine children. Roberto got married at the age of 22 and he is the father of two daughters, ages 27 and 37. The older daughter has been living in the United States for the past four years so that she can provide for the needs of her family and offer a better quality of life to her two young children who live with Don Roberto. The younger daughter takes care of the household duties and earns a little bit of income by making hammocks.

Roberto’s parents taught him how to work on a farm, in particular growing agave and raising cattle. His two young grandchildren attend school in the community. At the moment, Roberto grows corn, beans, and sorghum, in addition to raising cattle. He buys his farming supplies in the city. In order to do this, he must board two buses and travel 40 minutes in order to reach his destination. He buys cattle at the street market that is located 30 minutes from the highway. Roberto must pay for transportation costs in order to get the cattle to his pasture. His daughter, wife, and grandchildren help with taking care of the cattle while he is busy looking after the crops.

The loan he is requesting will be used to buy two cows worth $600 USD each at the street market. The rest of the money will be used for repairs around his farm since he needs to enclose his land. At the moment, the cattle are able to leave the property since the existing wire fence is in bad condition. The money will be of great benefit to Roberto since he needs to increase the number of cattle in his herd so that he can produce milk and other products to feed his family. Once he is assured that his family is taken care of, Roberto can sell the cattle in the future in hopes of earning more income.

Among Don Roberto’s aspirations is to gradually increase his herd of cattle so that he can sell milk and other dairy products to the community since he has been in this trade from a young age. He hopes to remain healthy so that he can teach his grandchildren how to farm since his daughters are already grown. In the long term, he also wants to whitewash his house with cement and sand. His house is made of adobe and in need of a few repairs.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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