A loan of $1,000 helped to invest in his farm by purchasing seeds, urea, herbicides, weedkiller, and other agricultural supplies.

Jacinto Rufino's story

Jacinto Rufino is 57 years old, and lives in a common-law marriage. He does not have any children, and lives with his wife in Ventanas canton, in the province of Los Ríos. The San Nicolas community bank is located in San Nicolás, in Puerto Pechiche parish, in Pueblo Viejo canton. The members of this bank work in short-cycle agriculture, growing corn. Jacinto Rufino is a farmer who grows corn and rice. He makes his purchases and sales in San Jacinto. He is asking for this loan to invest in his farm by purchasing seeds, urea, Matamonte (an herbicide), fertilizers, and weedkiller so that he can keep his crops in good condition. The loan will be very helpful because it will allow him to invest in his farm and make better profits. Jacinto Rufino frequently faces challenges such as competition, pests, and crop diseases. His dream is to be able to plant cacao in the new year. In his free time, he likes to listen to music and play indoor soccer.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kate Wegmann

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