A loan of $850 helped to purchase pesticides and fertilizer.

Juan's story

Many of us savor on our palate the delicious beans cultivated in the country, nevertheless we are unaware of their origin and those who produce them. Juan Castro is one of those producers. He has dedicated himself to farming since he was an adolescent and, thanks to the loans provided by KIVA MiCrédito, he has been able to purchase the additives he needs in order to combat pest infestations of his crops. Consequently, he has been able to bring high quality products to market. His profits have enabled him to improve his dwelling and also to acquire a calf.

Juan does not plan to engage solely in the production of beans. His next projects are to build a small artesian well that will serve to irrigate his crops and he also wants to plant tomatoes. Therefore, he will need capital for these new investments. He turned to support from KIVA MiCrédito in order to purchase the pesticides and fertilizer he will use at planting. Although beans are a competitive product, they always yield good profits.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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