A loan of $800 helped to buy fertilizer, herbicides, and pesticides to plant corn.

Oscar Ernesto's story

Oscar, 45, is married with five children: 23, 18, 13, 12, and 2 years old. Two of them are students and the oldest works in construction. Oscar only studied up to ninth grade, owing to the poor economic conditions in which his family lived. Oscar lives with six other people and they all depend on his income. He has 36 years of farming experience, which he learned with his father. He plants corn, sorghum, and beans. He also has a part-time job in the mayor's office of his community where he offers electrician services. To get there he travels 5 kilometers by bus, while his children take care of the farm work.

The loan will be used to purchase farming supplies, fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides to plant 7,000 square meters of corn. With the profits from selling the grains, he hopes to have enough money to buy a pair of oxen to plow the land next farm season, as not to have to pay separately to prepare the land.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Claire Carlson

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