A loan of $400 helped to buy compost, fertilizers and seeds, and to improve his land.

Jose Alizandro's story

Jose, 42, lives in his own house with his wife and son. He has been working in agriculture for 15 years, so it is his main source of income. He grows corn and beans and is able to cover the household expenses with the profit he makes from crop sales. He wants to buy the supplies he needs, such as compost, fertilizers and seeds, and to improve the cropland shown in the photograph. But he realizes he does not have the economic resources necessary for the investment so has decided to request a loan. That is the only way he can continue his business.

Like all farmers, he places all his trust in agriculture since he has no other source of income. He wants to do the best he can through his crop activity. He hopes to achieve an abundant harvest so he can continue putting food on the table every day and pay back the loan.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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