A loan of $600 helped to buy supplies for his farming business.

Jose Luis's story

JOSE LUIS, 28, is a single man with two children. He lives with his parents in Ventanas, a city in Los Rios province.

He is a member of the AVANZA community bank. Its members are farmers, all of whom live in the area around Agua Frias. Most of them grew up in the area and make their livings from farming businesses.

JOSE LUIS grows maize for a living. He also raises pigs and chickens. He is applying for a loan that he will use to buy seeds, pesticides, urea, weed killer, etc.

The investment will allow him to increase his yield. He buys and sells what he needs in Ventanas. He has to overcome bad weather and crop diseases. For the future, he wants to buy a farm of his own and plant more crops. In his spare time, he likes to play sports.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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