A loan of $1,000 helped to improve his cocoa plantings and to buy more pigs.


Lider Ruales's story

Lider Ruales L. is 45 years old. He is married and lives in the Chillanes canton in Bolivar province. He has 8 children who range from 7 to 25 years of age. Lider is a member of the rural communal bank "Progreso Comunitario," which is located 2 hours from Chillanes. There are 11 members in all, and the majority of them cultivate cocoa or have their own small businesses. Lider has a business cultivating cocoa and raising pigs. He buys his products in Babahoyo, and sells his products in Mata de Cacao. He requests a loan to improve his cocoa plantings and to buy more pigs. With the support of this loan he will be able to improve his crops. His dream is to improve his house. At times he faces challenges because the plants die from a disease that is called "el machete." He enjoys playing volleyball and going to cockfights.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar



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