A loan of $600 helped to purchase manure, pesticides and fertilizer.

Maria Rosario's story

Maria Rosario S. R. is 41 years old, divorced, and lives with her children. She has six children from 4 to 23 years old. One of her children is seen in the photo.

Maria is a member of the group loan program "Mushuc Nan", a Quechua word which means "New Road" in Spanish. The group consists of 18 women who work in agriculture. They all belong to the community of Guantug Cruz, in the district of Guaranda. All of them have a strong desire to take out loans in order to further their lives.

Maria grows blackberries, vegetables, beans, potatoes and corn. She also raises small livestock such as chickens, sheep and pigs. She sells the blackberries every week in her town, and sells her animals in the square in Guanujo every six months. She says that the work is very hard during the winter because heavy rain makes it difficult to work the crops. She is asking for a loan to purchase manure, pesticide and fertilizer.

Her dream is for her children to study and get ahead in life. She enjoys knitting and sewing to make clothes for herself and her family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Megan and David Kaisel

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