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Crowdfunder: Helping a farmer in El Salvador buy seeds to grow crops

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Campaign: Kiva Loan – Mario Orlando

Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.

Kiva works with microfinance institutions on five continents to provide loans to people without access to traditional banking systems. One hundred percent of loans are sent to these microfinance institutions, which are called Field Partners, who administer the loans in the field.

Kiva relies on a world-wide network of over 450 volunteers who work with the Field Partners, edit and translate borrower stories, and ensure the smooth operation of countless other Kiva programs.

One such borrower story is that of Mario Orlando.

Mario, age 62, lives in El Salvador in his own house with his two daughters and his wife. He has been working in agriculture, growing corn and beans, for 30 years. When he has his harvest, he sells it in the surrounding villages. He has a lot of fixed customers.

Mario is requesting a loan of $600 to buy seeds, fertilizers, compost, pesticides, and herbicides, etc. He will improve the land to be able to continue with his crops. This is his only source of work. This way he will have better earnings.

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