A loan of $1,500 helped to buy 4 steers to fatten in pasture and some supplies to cultivate 14,000 sq. meters of corn and 7,000 sq. meters of cassava.


José David's story

José is 48 years old, married and has three children. He finished ninth grade and then began working in the fields because his parents were unable to pay for more studies. He had learned how to farm since he was 10 years old because his parents always made a living as farmers and that was all they knew how to teach him.

José gets up at 5 a.m. and takes his animals to pasture. He has to walk a kilometer and then he devotes himself to his corn and cassava fields; in the afternoon he returns home with his animals.

In order to purchase steers to fatten, he travels in one of the lorries that depart from his area to the street market, a trip that takes 40 minutes. Upon arriving he very carefully observes so that he can select the best steers. After he makes his purchase, which can take half a day, he returns home.

The loan he is requesting from Fundación Campo is to buy 4 steers to fatten in pasture and some supplies to cultivate 14,000 sq. meters of corn and 7,000 of cassava because he plants in the winter as well as the summer, when he uses his irrigation system.

With his investment he will be able to increase his herd of steers. This will be of great benefit since his cattle sales will be more continuous and therefore his income will increase so that he can continue working. He is sure that having more income will enable him to work for a long time and to give his family all they need to subsist.

He is planning to save so that he can educate his children to become professionals and they will have a better quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney



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