A loan of $725 helped to rent a plot of land where he'll plant basic grains like corn, beans, and sorghum for this season.


Fermín Galileo's story

Fermín is 36 and has a sixth grade education. He has a wife who does domestic work and occasionally informal trade. They have two minor children together.

Fermín earns his living in agriculture and livestock. He's been in business for thirteen years. He decided to go into this business because his education level hasn't allowed him to get better work to help out his family. He also does day labor for additional household income.

His business is three kilometers away and he gets there a variety of ways, sometimes by bicycle. When he needs to haul supplies he does it by ox-cart and when he doesn't he walks. When he's loaded down with work, his wife helps him. He has a seven-hour-per-day work schedule.

He'll use his loan to rent a plot of land where he'll plant basic grains like corn, beans, and sorghum for this season because he doesn't have his own space to plant them. He'll also use part of the loan to buy a wood cart to transport the grains to his house.

Fermín's dreams include offering his family the best he can provide with his effort and dedication. He dreams of seeing his children study for a college degree, which he wasn't able to manage for himself.

For the business, Fermín dreams of having the opportunity to grow more crops like green vegetables, among others, so he can earn more income. This loan will help him have the conditions necessary for planting, and next year expand the business by cultivating more land than he is now and growing other crops.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jill Heske



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