A loan of $800 helped buying rice and corn seeds.


Maria Magdalena's story

Maria Magdalena A. A. is 37 years old. She is single and lives with her children. She lives in Ventanas, in Los Ríos province. She has 5 children, Estefani (1), Maribel (20), Mayra (16), Angi (12) and Jose (22).

Maria is a member of the “Valle Alto” ["High Valley"] rural solidarity group, which is located in the neighborhood of Voluntad de Dios, an hour and a half from Ventanas. There are 23 members in all, most of whom work in agriculture. This is their second loan with the San José Cooperative.

Maria works in agriculture, growing rice and corn. She makes her purchases every month in the town of Ventanas, and she sells her products in the same place at very favorable prices.

She is requesting the loan to invest in buying seeds for rice and corn. She thinks that the loan is an opportunity to get ahead. Her dreams are to buy a house and set up a business in the town of Ventanas. Some of the challenges she confronts are plant pests and diseases.

She likes to sell AVON and YAMBAL products, and she likes to watch the people in her neighborhood playing sports.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Linderman



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