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

Maria Mercedes's story

María Mercedes is 33 years old, married and living with her husband and four children in Ventanas Canton in Los Ríos Province.

This communal bank is called “Narcisa de Jesús” and is located in San Temístocles which is part of Ventanas Canton. The members of this communal bank are short cycle corn and rice farmers.

María is a farmer, especially of corn. She’s been farming for over 12 years. She does her purchases in Ventanas every month and her sales take place at the market there.

She is asking for the loan to buy seed, fertilizer and manure. Support from the loan will help her economically to meet her needs. The challenges she faces are infestations and illnesses in the crops and variations in the weather. Her dream is to buy a farm. She enjoys cooking, doing laundry and ironing.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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