A loan of $1,200 helped to buy farming supplies.

Manuel Elias's story

Manuel Elias A. R. is 50 years old. He is married and lives with his wife and children in San Miguel canton, in Bolívar province. He has three children.

The members of the Solidarios Chima Chica community bank are located 30 minutes from our San Miguel office, in San Miguel canton. The members of this group work in farming. This is their source of family income. They grown corn and also, in small quantities, potatoes and beans.

Manuel grows corn and potatoes. He buys his products in Ambato, Quito and San Miguel and sells them in San Miguel market on Thursdays. He is requesting this loan to buy farming supplies. The support of this loan will help him to cover his needs financially. Manuel faces challenges such as insect infestations, plant diseases, illnesses and changes in the weather. His dream is to buy property so that children can continue to grow crops. He likes to buy cattle to raise and he likes to celebrate Christmas and Carnaval.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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