A loan of $400 helped to purchase fertilizer and insecticide, and to clear the land in order to plant corn and beans.

Lorenzo De Jesús's story

Lorenzo, age 44, did not attend school, but over time he learned to read a little. And, he says that he also learned to write his initials as a signature. He lives with his partner, and she takes care of the household duties. They are the parents of 5 children, but only two still live with them—the others have separate homes now, and the two who have remained are the ones who are attending school.

He says that he has been dedicating all of his efforts to agriculture, as he did not have help from his family. Also, that he has been growing corn and beans by himself since he was 20 years old, and that it was his mother who taught him to farm. Lorenzo also works when someone asks for him.

The loan that he is requesting from CrediCampo is for purchasing fertilizer and insecticide. And, for clearing the land, as he says that he doesn’t feel capable of doing it alone so his neighbor helps, but he has to pay him. With this loan he will be certain of what he will plant, and he knows that in the future he will be able to have his harvest and be sure to have corn and beans in his house.

His desire is to have a tranquil life where he could rest, as he gave up all of the time to working. He hopes that with the loan he can improve the roof of his house which is in bad condition.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eleanora Brennan

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