|Martir leads a microloan meeting in the village of Nueva Paz.|
Twice a year, Martir prepares for microloan distribution by putting a price on dozens of products, receiving hundreds of farmer microloan applications, entering the information into our databases, and managing the microloan distribution.
Besides tracking the amount of fertilizer and agricultural tools each farmer receives in the form of a microloan, Martir holds microloan group meetings in the villages where interest and capital is paid on loans. Each microloan group meets every 15 days; a member of UMF leads the meetings not only to collect interest, but also to hear about how the farmers and their harvests are doing. After meetings, Martir spends time in the office entering all the payment information for each farmer in a computer to keep track of each loan’s interest and capital.
But, apart from working on the finances and numbers, Martir builds confidence and relationships with farmers during the microloan meetings. During discussions at meetings, Martir learns how farmers’ families and farms have been since he last saw them, and he offers advice or resources.
Martir also leads the engineering designs for our community development projects. He uses whatever resources or tools are available to make any needed improvements for anything from community projects to the UMF beneficio to our office. If Martir is presented with a challenge, he immediately takes on the challenge and begins to work on it, often not stopping until he has found a solution. Martir, who was born and grew up in La Unión, cultivates fruit trees and owns a small coffee farm. He and his wife have four children, three of whom attend the bilingual school in town. He hopes that his youngest son, who is now in the public kindergarten, will also be able to learn English at the same school as his siblings.
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