A loan of $1,000 helped plant cocoa.

Mario Ruben's story

Mario Ruben N. V. is 30 years old. He lives in a common-law marrige in the canton of Chillanes in the Bolivar province. He has three children, ages 6, 3, and 2.

Mario is a member of the San Jacinto community bank. There are 15 members in all, and the majority work in agriculture.

Mario works in agriculture. He earns 140 dollars a month. He makes purchases and sells his products in Matilde.

He is applying for the loan to invest in cocoa farming. The loan will help him advance his business. His dream is to have a house, a car, and a piece of land. His greatest challenge is when the cocoa freezes.

He likes to play sports like volleyball and football. His favorite custom in his canton is the fiestas in the Val Paraíso. precinct.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry

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