A loan of $600 helped to plant corn and rice and to buy farming supplies.

Luís Cajilema's story

Luís Cajilema C., 51, is a widower . He lives in Chillanes canton, Bolívar province with his son. He has one son.

The “JUNTOS PROGRESAMOS” (We Progress Together) communal bank is located in Matilde Esther which belongs to Chillanes canton. It has 12 members primarily involved in short cycle farming of corn, rice and small amounts of passion fruit and in raising small animals like pigs and chickens.

Luis is a corn, rice, cocoa bean and passion fruit farmer. He buys his supplies in Mata de Cacao at the end of each month and sells at the Chillanes Sunday farmers market.

He is asking for a loan to plant corn and rice and to buy farming supplies. Support from the loan will help him economically to meet his needs. The challenges he faces are infestations, diseases and weather variations.

His dream is to continue working to provide his son with an education. He enjoys work and playing cards on Sundays.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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