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Carlos Exequiel

El Salvador
Usulután, El Salvador / Agriculture

A loan of $1,000 helped to plant 14,000 square metres of corn and 7,000 of sorghum, to buy 9 bags of fertilizer, a bag of seed, 2 gallons of herbicide and 2 litres of pesticide and to pay for a tractor and labour.


Carlos Exequiel's story

Carlos is 26 years old and studied up to 7th grade. Due to their situation of poverty he decided to leave school to help with the household expenses. He is married. His wife has a business selling tortillas and they have one little girl who is 6 months old.

Carlos has been growing corn, "pipián" [a type of squash] and sorghum since he was 12 years old, having learnt the skills with his father. He also works as a bricklayer and his father also taught him this. He says that to make good use of time he gets up at 5am, as he has to walk for 45 minutes to get to his place of work, works for 6 hours and then returns home. In the afternoon he looks after the crops which he sows himself.

The loan will be used to sow 14,000 square metres of corn and 7,000 of sorghum. He will buy 9 bags of fertilizer, a bag of seed, 2 gallons of herbicide and 2 litres of pesticide and the rest will pay for a tractor and manual labour.

Carlos's dream is to buy a plot of land and build his own house, as he currently lives in a house belonging to his mother-in-law, and he also wants to see his daughter graduate with a university degree.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Judith McInally



Loan details

Loan length:

17 months
Disbursed date: September 27, 2013

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Loan details

Loan length:

17 months
Disbursed date: September 27, 2013