A loan of $550 helped to buy seeds and fertilizer and to pay to rent land and for manual labor to cultivate watermelon.

José Baltazar's story

José is 26 years old. He lives in town. He only studied until the 3rd grade. He is in a relationship and has a two year-old son. His life companion does domestic work for a living and only the three of them live in the house.

José is a young entrepreneur that has been in agriculture for a living for a short time. He learned this trade from his father who taught him to cultivate corn, watermelon and peppers, but today José only grows corn and watermelon. His place of work is 10 minutes from his home. He has a schedule of 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM but he is always tending to the cultivation of watermelon during the day.

The loan he needs is to pay to rent the land where he will cultivate watermelon, prepare the land, pay porters, to buy watermelon seeds and the fertilizer he will need to have a good production. José will cover this need with the help of the loan and he will be able to improve his quality of life through the income that he obtains.

His future plans are to improve watermelon production and have more customers to whom he can sell. With the income he also plans to improve his home to provide his family a secure place.

He knows that with his effort and work he will be able to meet his goals and to be a good example for his son.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Erin Yamaoka

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