A loan of $800 helped to buy supplies to cultivate corn and potatoes.

Laura Piedad's story

Laura Piedad M. C. is 25 years old. She is married and lives with her husband and children. She lives in the canton of Guaranda in the Bolivar province. She has 2 children.

Laura belongs to the rural communal bank "Guantucoto," located a half hour from Guaranda. The members of this group work in agriculture and livestock production, particularly the cultivation of corn and potatoes in the highlands and rice in the coastal area. This communal bank has 25 members.

Laura has been farming for a number of years. She grows corn and potatoes, and in addition she raises livestock to later sell. She buys her animals in Guaranda and she makes her sales in the wholesale market in the same city.

She requests a loan to buy supplies to cultivate corn and potatoes. The support of this loan will help her financially to provide the necessities for her family. They encounter challenges such as pests and diseases with the crops. Her dream is to buy a vehicle and a house. She enjoys parties because she likes to dance.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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