A loan of $750 helped to pay rent on the land where he grows corn.

José Trinidad's story

José, 45, studied through second grade. His wife works in the home and they have five children, two of whom are in school, one who works, and two who stay at home with their mother. Four of his children live at home with him and his wife.

Jose has worked as a mason since he was 13, a trade that he learned by helping his uncle who took Jose to work with him. Over time he learned the work well and decided to make it his trade because it creates a lot of income. Jose is also a farmer in his free time, and when he doesn't have masonry jobs he works on the land alone. His children are in school when he usually farms in the mornings from 7am to 12pm; his masonry jobs can go from 7am to 4pm.

He asks for this loan to pay to rent the land where he grows corn. He has decided to do this because masonry is not in high demand right now. It will be helpful to have corn at home for the family so that they have something to eat. His dreams are that God continues to give him life to keep working as a mason, since this job gives him a lot of income during construction season and with the money he can ensure his children go to school.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Berghaus

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