A loan of $400 helped to purchase fertilizer and other items for his crops.

José Gregorio's story

José is 59 years old. He was only able to attend school through second grade. He works in agriculture and, along with his life partner, has five children, all of whom are adults, and some of whom live in the U.S.

José works planting pipián (a type of squash or pumpkin raised for seeds). For many years he worked in other areas, but he saw that the work was more and the income less. For that reason he decided to grow pipián and he feels very satisfied because it has gone better for him.

The loan that he needs is for purchasing fertilizer and other items for cultivation, but he does not have sufficient economic resources in order to make the purchase. His children help him so that he wouldn't have to work, but José feels very useful and occupied working and he wants to do it while he still can. For that reason he decided to take out this loan in order to be able to continue to work in the activity that he likes, which is agriculture.

He dreams of continuing to grow pipián, and of obtaining an income that will allow him to reach a higher quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Debra McMahon

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