A loan of $1,000 helped to pay to gather the corn and bean harvest.

José Santos's story

José, age 45, did not go to school because of financial reasons. Instead, he devoted himself to agricultural work. He is married, and he and his wife have four children. His wife does the household chores and cares for the domestic animals. His children also do agricultural work in the morning, and in the afternoon they go to school.

José has been doing this work for 30 years. Working in agriculture is how he earns a living for himself and his family. He learned this work when he was little. He has devoted himself to this work, which his father taught him.

He will use the loan to gather the corn and bean harvest. Cars cannot enter the land where he has the corn and beans to transport the product. He will pay for labor, to collect the product, and to take it to his house. He pays $7 for the work when he prepares it. He will take the part left over to sell in the market. He pays $15 per trip.

In the future he plans to have the harvest from his land with the corn and beans. He will have food for his family for one year. He will sell what is leftover at the market in order to get income and recoup his expenses.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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