A loan of $1,600 helped to buy concentrated feed.


Dimas Antonio's story

Dimas, 66, studied up to sixth grade. He's married and his wife works on the farm taking care of their laying hens. His oldest child works in the capital and his next one, a daughter, works for the city. The third one lives in the United States and the fourth one is currently a student in his second year of legal studies. Dimas makes a living raising and selling laying hens. He also has a small metal shop where he fabricates doors, windows, and the like. He has sold chickens for 15 years. His parents always had poultry at home. Then he decided to go to an agroservice for technical advice about this job. On their advice he immediately bought 200 hens and because of his knowledge managed to keep them until they stopped laying. Then he got rid of them and bought another lot. He liked the work and has continued with it up to the present. Before this job Dimas worked growing basic grains because of a lack of economic resources. The farm where he keeps his poultry is a kilometer from his house; he can't keep them closer because of hygiene issues. He gets there by car or bicycle or on foot. His wife helps him take care of the hens. He generally works from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Dimas will buy 40 quintals of concentrated feed with the loan. It will improve his quality of life because he'll buy the feed all at once and not have to travel frequently to the agroservice. The loan will improve his income and cover his family's basic necessities. His dream is to continue working with poultry and expand his coops with more hens to generate more income. With his profits he wants to help his son finish his chosen educational program.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall



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