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Story of Paseano Gómez López

05 Jan 2018

Paseano Gómez López is a farmer from Nuevo Sonora, Chiapas state, Mexico.

He grows corn and chili peppers.

But to cultivate fields, farmers need money to buy supplies. They are often forced to take loans at high interest rates (10-20 percent). Sometimes, the farm’s yields don’t even cover the costs and they fall into debt.

Farmers in Mexico are also battling with poor soil and high altitudes; it’s difficult to grow crops.

“That's when you think about migrating - to improve your life, to send your children to school,” explains Paseano. “The situation is very difficult because of the poverty that is here in this country.”

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