A loan of $800 helped purchase banana & tomato seedlings.

Maria Elena's story

Maria Elena M. O. is 39 years old, single, and lives in Recinto Delicia in the canton of Chillanes, Bolivar Province. She has five children: Guillermo (age 23), Kerly (age 20), Liseth (age 17), Raul (age 16) and Josué (age 14).

Maria is a member of the Communal Bank “El Progreso La Delicia Recinto”, which is in San José del Tambo Parish. The group has 19 members and their community engages in growing cacao and corn.

María has been growing bananas for ten years. Every month she purchases products and farming supplies from the agricultural services division of AGRIPAD. She sells her goods in Babahoyo at Comercial Chávez.

She is requesting a loan to buy banana and tomato seedlings and views it as an opportunity to get ahead. Her dream is to have her own micro-enterprise. The greatest challenge that she faces is the lack of financial resources and time.

María enjoys working in order to have a better future.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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