A loan of $800 helped buy farming supplies.


Miguel Wilfrido's story

Miguel Wilfrido M. G. is 66 and married. He is a farmer. He lives with his wife and four children. They have six children in all; two of them are working in Quito. He belongs to the San Jose de las Orquideas Communal Bank, which is located 15 minutes from the city of San Miguel in the San Jose de Palmas community. Most of the community’s residents are farmers who grow potatoes and corn as their primary crops. Miguel plants corn and potatoes in great quantity. He has other crops that grow solely for consumption. He has his own house and two and a half blocks of land where he plants his crops. He sells his products in the fairs in the city of San Miguel. He is asking for a loan to buy agricultural supplies. His hope in life is that his children finish their education. But, that is not always possible because of the economic situation. Young people sometimes have to miss school in order to work and help their parents with the farming. Miguel is also a carpenter. He makes furniture and doors for houses, and he really likes this work.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish



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