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

Edwin Jose's story

Edwin Jose A. P. is 18, and single, with no children. He lives with his parents in Chillanes Canton in Bolívar Province. He enjoys sports.

The JUNTOS PROGRESAMOS [Together We Make Progress] Communal Bank is located in Recinto Matilde Esther in Chillanes Canton. The communal bank's 12 members do short-cycle agricultural work, planting corn, rice, and passionfruit in small quantities and raising animals such as pigs and hens.

Edwin works farming corn and raising pigs. He buys his products in Mata de Cacao at the end of each month and sells them in the market in Chillanes on Sundays.

He requests the loan so he can plant corn and also rice, to purchase supplies for the crops, and to buy food for the animals. The support of this loan will help him financially meet his needs, and face challenges such as insect infestations, illnesses, and the vagaries of the weather. His dream is to have a mechanic's shop.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Laura Melbourne

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