A loan of $350 helped prepare the irrigation system for his crops, pay to transport his harvest from the field to his house, and to pay for the rental of a machine to shuck the corn.


Apolinario's story

Apolinario is 64 years old, and is a hardworking and responsible man. He only attended school until the ninth grade. He was not able to continue high school because the school was 40km from his house and in those days, he did not have transportation. He is now married, and his wife is a homemaker. They have three children, but only one of their daughters and two grandchildren live with them.

Apolinario has devoted himself to agriculture from a young age. He plants corn, beans and sorghum. He learned this activity from his father and grandfather, who taught him good principles and values that have made him into a well-known and respected person in the community. He has 49 years of experience in agriculture, which has now become his main source of income. He sells about 50% of his harvest, and the rest he uses for his family. His workplace is about 5km from his house. One of his sons helps him with the work, and they work from 7am to 1pm.

He really needs the loan that he is seeking to prepare the irrigation system for his crops, pay to transport his harvest from the field to his house, and pay for the rental of a machine to shuck the corn. Through this, he will facilitate the preparation and storage of the basic grains, because if it were not for the help of these agricultural machines, the process would take about a month.

Apolinario has many aims for the future. He wishes to expand and diversify his crops, support his children and grandchildren in everything that they need to prepare and develop academically, as one of his grandchildren wants to become a veterinarian. He hopes to achieve all of this by investing his earnings well.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Roberto Henry



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