A loan of $1,200 helped to buy animals and animal feed.

Mariela Elizabeth's story

Mariela Elizabeth, 27, is a single mother living with her parents and her 4-year-old son in Ventanas Canton, Los Ríos Province.

This communal bank is called “Nuevo Horizonte” (New Horizon) and is located I Cachely Grande belonging to Ventanas Canton. The members are short cycle corn, rice and pigeon pea farmers and raise livestock.

Mariela raises chickens and pigs; she fattens them up for sale. She makes her purchases at “Ercopa” suppliers each month and sells at the local farmers market.

She is requesting the loan to buy more animals and feed for them. Support from the loan will help her economically to meet her needs. The challenge she faces is not having a farm of her own; she leases.

Her dream is to increase production and have more animals. She enjoys watching television.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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