A loan of $600 helped buy supplies for farming business.

Ángela Consuelo's story

Angela Consuelo Chiimbo S. is 36 years old. She is married and lives in the parish of Estero Salado in the Ecuadorean canton of Chillanes. She has ten children: Juana, 21; Geovany, 19; Angela, 16; Maria, 16; Mirian, 15; Jesus, 12; Adrian, 10; Jhonatan, 8; Jenny, 6; Evelin, 5; and Brenda, 3.

Angela is a member of the Fronteras Unidas rural outreach program in Estero Salado, some two hours from the agency office in the town of Chillanes. The group has 19 members. Many of the people in the area make a living from farming.

Angela is among those who farm for a living. She grows cacao. She buys in Matilde Esther and sells in Matilde Esther and Naranjito.

Angela is applying for a loan so she can plant more cacao and, in turn, increase her income. She knows the loan is a chance to improve her standard of living. Her greatest wish is to increase her cacao crop and, in turn, her income so that can buy more land. The biggest challenge she faces is at the harvest when the roads are damaged by heavy rains.

Angela enjoys the local festivals that are held in November.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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