A loan of $600 helped to pay people, transportation and shelling machines to harvest and prepare corn and sorghum crops for later storage.

Santos Rafael's story

Santos is 51 years old. His family is made up of his life partner, who does housework. They are parents of four children (two girls and two boys). One of the boys lives in the U.S. and the other is studying education at the institute. The two daughters are studying basic education in the community school.

For 35 years, the productive activity he is engaged in has been agriculture. He said that he learned the job from his father, who he grew up with. He sells 40 percent of his corn and sorghum crops.

His dedication to agriculture is motivated by his parents and his passion for working the earth. Now, he does it with the help of his children and partner. In addition to this work, he receives remittances from his son in the U.S.

The loan will be invested in harvesting and processing corn and sorghum crops for later storage. This investment will be distributed in paying for people, paying for transportation and paying for a shelling machine. The loan will be very useful, as it is at the right time for harvesting crops.

Santos want to pay off the loan and acquire one of higher amount to buy a threshing machine and thus provide the service and get a better income. This will meet other needs and also help his son to continue his studies in the National School of Agriculture.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Rachel Alexander

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