A loan of $500 helped to buy corn and tomato seeds.


Manuel's story

Manuel is 61 years old, single and living with relatives. He has six married children. They live in San Pablo Parish belonging to San Miguel Canton. The “Unión y Esperanza” (Unity & Hope) communal bank is located in San Pablo Parish 30 minutes from the San Miguel office. The members of this communal bank are corn and potato farmers and sell vegetables and others. Manuel farms corn and small amounts of tree tomatoes. He’s been in this occupation for a long time. He makes his purchases in San Miguel and his sales take place in farmers markets in San Pablo and San Miguel. He is asking for a loan to buy corn and tomato seeds. The loan has helped him increase income and production. He has faced challenges like the scarcity of laborers and variations in the weather that occasionally have damaged crops. His dream is to buy land. He enjoys celebrating all the annual festivals.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz



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