A loan of $800 helped to plant corn and rice.

Patricia Lorena's story

Patricia Lorena B. García, 27, lives in a common law marriage in Ventanas canton, Los Ríos province. She has four children who are 10, 8, 4 and 2 years of age.

Patricia is a member of the “Nueva Esperanza” (New Hope) communal bank which is located 25 kilometers from Ventanas canton. It is a community dedicated to short cycle crops (corn, rice, soya, broad beans and cacao). It has 14 members.

Patricia is a farmer. She has grown rice, corn and broad beans for the last five years. She makes her purchases and sales in Ventanas.

She is asking for funds to plant corn and rice. Her dream is to own her own land and to have a store. Her challenge is pest infestations that destroy her crops.

She doesn’t have much free time but when she does she uses it to do her domestic chores.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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