A loan of $1,750 helped buy potato seeds and fertilizer.

Viriato's story

Viriato was born in one of the provinces of south Mozambique. He's 54 years old and married with 12 children, 5 of whom already live in their own homes.

He lives in one of the neighbourhoods on the periphery of the Capital City and travels around 25kms on a daily basis to get to his small farm.
He completed fourth grade at school and didn't keep going because of his parents' lack of financial means which meant he had to abandon his education early to start working. He was given a job at an Agricultural company in 1970 and he worked there until 1986 when it closed down. As he already had vast experience in the area, he started his own small farm which he still works on today, having created jobs for 5 other people. He starts his activities at 07h00 and finishes at 17h00. He grows vegetables which he sells to the local population and on the wholesale market in the capital. He's responsible for growing the produce and his wife is responsible for selling it.

With the money from this loan he will buy potato seeds and fertilizer. With the income from his activities he is able to not only pay for the salaries of his five employees but also for his family's expenses: health, education and food.

His big dream is to buy a tractor for ploughing and to expand his farm and his biggest challenge is to have access to the money to do so as this is a very expensive thing to do and is above his current means.

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Translated from Portuguese by Kiva volunteer Ines Teles

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