A loan of $1,200 helped to buy seeds and fertilizer.

Manuel Arcenio's story

Manuel Arcenio G. Q. is 57 years old, married and lives with his wife and children in the Chillanes canton in the province of Bolívar. He has two children.

The communal bank "V.R.C. COOPERATIVA LOS MOREROS" is comprised of 12 members and located 20 minutes from the office in Chillanes. The members work as farmers and mainly grow mulberries, tomatoes and corn. Some of them have been in agriculture for over ten years while other members are only just beginning.

Manuel grows mulberries, tomatoes and corn in large quantities. He makes his purchases in Agro in Chillanes and sells his produce on Sunday at the Chillanes fair.

He is requesting a loan to buy seeds and fertilizer. This financial support will help him meet his needs. He is up against challenges such as plague, sickness and weather change. His dream is to have his own house one day.

He enjoys sports and spending time with his family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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