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Celestino De Jesús
Because of his parents’ economic condition and because of the large number of family members his parents had to work all day to support the family and since Celestino, 35, was the oldest among his brothers he had to help them work so he was unable to go to school.

He’s now in a relationship and his life companion does domestic chores. He lives with her and their three children who are attending school in the community. His mother lives with them too and helps him with the agriculture since his father is deceased; he used to be the one to help him.

Celestino has been growing corn since he was little. He used to work alongside his father and brothers and learned this activity very well. He’s currently growing 7,000 square meters of corn and he also works as a laborer caring for livestock.

He must rise at 3am because he has to milk 10 cows where he’s employed as a day laborer and in winter after doing all his work he must go to where his crop is growing which is a kilometer from home and then return in the evening to bring back the livestock from the pastures where they spend all day feeding.

The loan he’s asking for is to buy fertilizer and manure for the upcoming corn and bean harvests. He hopes in future to move his children forward with their schooling and also to build a better house for his family. He will use profits from the loan to buy farm animals.
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Celestino de 35 años, debido a la condición económica de sus padres y ademas era una familia bastante numerosa no le pudieron dar el estudio, ya que tenían que trabajar todo el día y mantener la familia debido a que era el mayor de sus hermanos. Esta acompañado y su compañera de vida, se dedica a los oficios domésticos, vive con ella y sus 3 hijos quienes están estudiando en la escuela de la comunidad, también vive su madre con ellos, le ayuda en la agricultura ya que su padre ya fallecido y era quien se dedicaba a esta labor.

Celestino se ha dedicado al cultivo de maíz, desde que estaba muy pequeño, trabajaba junto con su padre y sus hermanos quienes aprendieron muy bien a esta actividad, actualmente cultiva 7,000 metros cuadrados de maíz, también se dedica a trabajar como jornal al cuidado de animales.

Tiene que levantarse a las 3 de la mañana, ya que tiene que ordeñar 10 vacas donde trabaja como jornal y para la época de invierno, después de hacer todo el trabajo tiene que irse a donde tiene sus cultivos y es a un kilómetro de su casa y por las tardes se dirige a traer los animales en donde los dejan todo el día para que puedan comer.

El préstamo que esta solicitando, es para comprar fertilizantes y abonos, para la posterior recolección de la cosecha de maíz y de frijol.

Él aspira a futuro sacar adelante a sus hijos, en el estudio. Ademas, construir una mejor vivienda para su familia, las ganancias del crédito los utiliza en la compra de animales de granja .

Additional Information

More information about this loan

This loan is part of a CrediCampo project to help rural farmers living in extreme poverty plant basic grains to feed their families. Excess product is sold on the local market. These loans are smaller than the typical loans offered by this field partner, and guarantee requirements are also reduced. Individuals who receive this type of loan also get access to technical assistance, information on good environmental practices and increased access to farm inputs like fertilizer. This is considered a high risk loan due to the population and loan purpose, and CrediCampo is one of the very few institutions in El Salvador willing to working with these farmers.

About CrediCampo

This loan is administered by CrediCampo, a Kiva Field Partner in El Salvador. CrediCampo seeks to improve the lives of rural communities and their families in areas including health, education, basic services, and infrastructure. Through its Community Development Unit, CrediCampo provides scholarships, leadership development training, and financial education programs for families in rural areas. CrediCampo’s work is crucial in addressing the issue of poverty in El Salvador. Based on 2009 estimates, 37.8% of the population lives below the poverty line. To learn more about CrediCampo and their work, visit their partner page.

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  • $7,500
    Average annual income
  • 547
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    El Salvador Loans Fundraising
  • $31,854,275
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $200 helped Celestino De Jesús to buy agricultural supplies.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Oct 2, 2013
Oct 30, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 16, 2014