A loan of $600 helped buy materials for her crops as well as fertilizers and manure..

Yolanda Esmeralda's story

Yolanda Esmeralda is 48 years old, single and lives with her 12 year old daughter in the Chillanes neighborhood, province of Bolívar.

The V.R.C. COOPERATIVA Patrón San Miguel Communal Bank is located in the Pailaloma area some 60 minutes from the office in the Chillanes neighborhood. The Bank is made up of 13 members who are in agriculture; they grow corn, potatoes and wheat.

Yolanda is a farmer; she grows corn, potatoes, and wheat. She buys her products in Chillanes and San Pablo at the end of each month and later sells them in the Sunday market of Chillanes.

Yolanda needs the loan to buy materials for her crops as well as fertilizers and manure. The loan will help her economically to meet her needs and increase her production as she fights plagues, diseases and the change in climate that affects her crops. Yolanda’s dream is to give her daughter everything she needs, especially and education.

She considers herself to be a happy person.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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