A loan of $1,000 helped purchase urea & compost; pay his workers' salaries.


Gregorio's story

Gregorio C. C. is 58 years old, married, and has seven children named Holger (age 35), Oswaldo (age 30), Walter (age 25), Estela (age 24), Miguel (age 21), Maria (age 20), and Manuel (age 17). They live in the town of San Francisco de Rumí, which is 1½ hours from San Miguel Canton in the Province of Bolivar.

Gregorio is a member of the Communal Bank “San Francisco de Rumí Pamba”. The group consists of 25 members, most of whom are engaged in agriculture. Gregorio has been farming all of his life as the main source of income for his family. Among the crops grown in the area are corn, potatoes, peas, and beans. He sells his products in the city of Guayquil every year.

Gregorio is requesting a loan to buy urea and compost, as well as pay the salaries of his workers. His goal is to build a few greenhouses. The challenges he faces include harvesting his crops when prices are low. Gregorio says that his community of San Francisco celebrates when there is no work left to be completed.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica



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