A loan of $600 helped to buy farming supplies and fertilizers.

Irene Gardenia's story

Irene Gardenia C. O. is 45 years old. She has a common-law husband and lives with her parents and children in Chillanes canton, in Bolívar province. She has 6 children.

The members of the UNION SAN ANTONIO community bank are located in San Antonio precinct, in San José del Tambo parish, 150 minutes from our office, in Chillanes canton. The members of this group work in short-cycle agriculture, growing corn, cacao, oranges and cassava. They have been in this business for many years.

Irene Gardenia is a farmer who grows corn, cacao, oranges and cassava. She buys her products in Matilde Esther shopping area and sells her products in Bucay.

Irene Gardenia is requesting this loan to buy farming supplies and fertilizers for her corn, cacao, orange and cassava crops. The support of this loan will help her to financially cover her needs. She faces challenges such as insect infestations, plant diseases and changes in the weather. Her dream is to buy a house. She likes to travel.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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