A loan of $1,200 helped to purchase seed, fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides to plant 14,000 sq. meters of corn.

José Candelario's story

José, 67 years old, went to school until the 9th grade, however due to his economic situation he was unable to continue studying. This widower has two children, both of whom are married. He lives at home with his mother and no one else lives with them.

José is a farmer and he learned this work from his father. He also enjoys raising cattle. In addition he is a driver, a skill he learned with his friend, as well as a tinsmith. He tells us that he has done a little of everything in order to help his family get ahead. Today, at the age of 67, he says he feels strong enough to plant corn and a corn field. He gets up at 4:30 a.m. to milk his three cows and then walks them to pasture, which is about 15 minutes away. Then he returns home to cook some food only to leave for his parcel of land where he works some 6 more hours. Then he returns home to eat lunch and in the afternoon he goes to bring in his cattle.

The loan will be invested in purchasing seed, fertilizer, pesticides and herbicide in order to plant his 14,000 sq. meters of corn.

His dreams are:
-to own 10 milk cows;
-to purchase some 21,000 sq. meters of land to herd his cattle
-to pay off his loan.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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