A loan of $1,000 helped to purchase agricultural items: fertilizers and man power for preparing the fields for cultivation.


Gilmer Antonio's story

Gilmer Antonio is 44 years old. With great effort on his own and from his parents he was able to complete ninth grade in the school where he studied, since he had to work every day in the morning with his father in agriculture and then study in the afternoon. This was his schedule every week day, and on the weekends he worked all day. Later he was not able to sustain his studies, since he had to travel to the city and the economic condition of his parents did not allow it. He is married and father to four children, two of whom study in high school and one in ninth grade. The other has already moved out and begun his own family. His wife works selling pupusas in the afternoon in locations where there are gatherings and other events. His children and his wife all depend on him. He works in agriculture and also raises cattle. He has been doing this work since the time he was very young and his father taught him because he worked in the same field. He also taught Gilmer bricklaying. He has been working in these fields from a very young age since this was his source of income, and he generated it for the family. He works one kilometer from his home, and he has to get up very early and finish by morning, when he works as a brick layer and works all day. In the afternoon he helps his wife with sales and his son helps him with agriculture. The loan will be used to purchase agricultural items: fertilizers and man power for preparing the fields for cultivation. He hopes to improve his corn crop and at the end of harvest have a larger output and better income for his family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Debra McMahon



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