A loan of $600 helped seed and fertilizer.

Carlos Clemente's story

Carlos Clemente R. T. is 45 years old and lives in the Ventanas hamlet, located within the Los Ríos province. He has two children, ages 20 and 22.

Carlos is a member of the “La Ventanilla Rural Recinto San Ramón,” which is located in Nuevo San Ramón, 12 kilometers from Ventanas. There are a total of 20 members who work in short cycle farming (harvest within six months of planting). This will be the first loan they obtain through the cooperative.

Carlos works as a farmer, raising corn, rice, and cacao. He sells his products in Ventanas and Puerto Pechicho, every six months for the corn and rice, but only small quantities of cacao.

He is requesting this loan in order to work the summer season; to buy seed and fertilizer. He feels that this loan will be helpful because the interest rate is low and he will earn a good income. His dream is to leave something behind for his children and to be able to work more.

He likes to cook and rest in his spare time.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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