A loan of $600 helped to buy seed potatoes and fertilizers, and to pay people to help grow potatoes.

Sara Pastoriza's story

Sara Pastoriza L. V. is 53 years old. She is married and lives with her husband in the Guaranda area of Bolívar province. She has 7 children: 2 are married, 2 are grown up but still single, 2 are in high school, and the youngest is a little boy.

Sara is a member of the Patrón San Juan communal bank, which is located half an hour from Guaranda. There are 16 members in total, most of whom work growing potatoes and maize. This is the first loan they have taken with the [field partner] San José Co-operative.

Sara works in agriculture, growing potatoes, wheat, barley, beans and peas. She sells them, and buys what she needs, in Guaranda.

She is seeking the loan to plant potatoes: to buy the seed potatoes, fertilizers and manure, and to pay people to help her. Her dream is to have her own land and to pay for her children's studies. She is also concerned about her husband, who is battling illness.

Her 2 children who are at high school help her at work after school.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Rosa Oswald

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