A loan of $200 helped to buy fertilizer for his bean crop.

Manuel Antonio's story

Manuel is 45 years old. He attended school up to seventh grade; he was not able to continue his studies for economic reasons, and he decided to work in agriculture. He is married and has 3 children who work in agriculture along with him.

He has dedicated himself to this work for 30 years, so he has a lot of experience. He learned this profession when he was young, working at the side of his father, who also worked in agriculture. Through this work, he can obtain enough food for a year, and he can use the rest that is left over to take to the market and sell, thus obtaining some income. He walks 10 minutes to reach the place where he works, and his work day is from 6 in the morning until 1 in the afternoon.

The loan he is requesting is to buy fertilizer for his bean crop. This will allow him to manage it well and obtain good results from his harvest.

In the future, he plans to further expand the area dedicated to growing beans. In this way he will obtain a larger harvest, and he will be able to sell more of his production. This will give him a better income for his family and a better standard of living.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Linderman

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