A loan of $1,500 helped to buy agricultural inputs: compost, fertilizers, payment for workers, and to prepare the soil for the crop.

José Abel De Jesús's story

José is 66 years old. Due to the economic condition of his family, he was only able to go to school through 4th grade. He had to work every day and put a lot of effort into his studies.

Later, he only spent his time in agricultural labor, but a few years ago through his children's initiative, he continued his studied at night and worked during the day. He completed through 7th grade. Afterwards, he was not able to continue because his work became more difficult.

He is married and his wife works on household chores. Five of his children are grown up with their own families. Two of them are studying: one in high school and the other in the first year of university. These two depend exclusively on him.

José has earned his living working in agriculture since he was very young, when his father taught him this work. He also worked for wages taking care of cattle.

He does agricultural work during the winter and plants his crops five kilometers from his house. When he goes to the territory, one of his sons takes him halfway, and then he had to walk because vehicles can't enter. He goes early in the morning and stays, if possible, all week, only taking what's necessary in food to stay all the time that is needed. His children help him sometimes with paying wages, but don't directly help with the crop.

The credit will be used to buy agricultural inputs: composts, fertilizers, workers' wages, and to prepare the land for the crop. He expects to improve his corn crop and achieve, at the end of harvest, a better production to have better income for his family.

He hopes for the future to give his children education, if possible so they enter university. With the loan, he will have better income and he will use his earnings from the corn to buy more cattle pasture.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Rachel Alexander

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