A loan of $200 helped to buy agricultural supplies.

Celestino De Jesús's story

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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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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