A loan of $1,500 helped to buy five steers to fatten.

José Antonio's story

José, 62, could only study up to the second grade. His parents needed him to help them with their agricultural activities and this is how he learned from his father how to raise livestock and grow food. He is married and has three children. His wife is a housewife.

José is currently working on 14,000 m2 of corn and 7,000 of plantain, and has eight steers. Every day, after taking his animals to graze, he goes to his plantations to clean them and get rid of plagues and weeds.

José needs to walk one kilometer to buy animals. He walks through the sugar cane fields, from his house to the main street in his community, where he takes a truck that takes him to the market, 45 minutes away. Once he arrives, he has to look for those animals he likes the most and after reaching an agreement, he loads the truck and goes back home.

With this loan, he will buy five steers to fatten and sell. He will increase the amount of animals he owns and his sales will be more constant. In the future, José would like to have his own vehicle to transport feed for his animals.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Santiago Mejía Dugand

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