A loan of $800 helped purchase seeds, fertilizers and compost.


Gladys Birmania's story

Gladys Birmania is 39 years old, married and lives with her husband and 2 children, ages 18 and 11, in the canton Ventanas in the province of Los Ríos.

The members of the communal bank El Recreo live in the canton Ventanas in the rural area of San Vincente de las Lomas. The members work in agriculture growing short cycle crops such as corn, rice, beans and soy. Gladys grows corn and soy in her parent's fields. She makes her purchases in Ventanas and sells in the markets every day, especially in the Sunday markets.

She is requesting a loan to purchase seeds, fertilizers and compost. The loan will help to supply her with the things she needs. The challenges that she faces are competition and weather variations.

Her dream is to continue working in the family business. She likes to listen to music and spend time with her family.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer



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