A loan of $800 helped to buy seeds and fertilizers.

Mercedes De La Cruz's story

Mercedes De La Cruz S. L. is 50 years old. She is single and lives with her children in Chillanes canton, in Bolívar province. She has 5 children.

The San Miguelito solidarity group is located 90 minutes from the Chillanes office, in Chillanes canton. This group works on short-cycle agricultural tasks such as growing corn, bananas, oranges and mangos. They have been doing this for a long time.

Mercedes grows corn, bananas, oranges and mangos. She buys her products in Matilde Esther and sells them in Chillanes market and district.

She is requesting this loan to buy seeds and fertilizers for her banana, orange and mango crops. The support of this loan will help her financially to cover her needs. She faces challenges such as insect infestations, diseases and changes in the weather. Her dream is to continue increasing her business.

She likes to cook for her children.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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