A loan of $600 helped purchase composts & fertilizers.

Maria's story

Maria A. M. is 25 years old, married, and lives with her husband and three children: Alex (age 8), Mercy (age 4) and Josely (age 1½).

She is a member of the Communal Bank “Mushuc Nan”, which means “New Road” in Quechua. The group consists of 18 women who work in agriculture. They live in the community of Guantug Cruz in the canton of Guaranda. All of them have a great desire to work with credit so that they can get ahead in life.

Maria has been growing blackberries for ten years. She sells the fruit on a weekly basis in her community. Maria also raises animals to earn income, which currently consists of chickens and cows. In addition, she grows lima beans, potatoes, and corn for personal consumption and to use as feed for her animals. She is requesting a loan in order to buy compost and liquid fertilizers to maintain her crops. Her dream is to own a nice house with land for farming. She also wants her children to pursue an education so that they can become professionals.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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