A loan of $800 helped to buy seeds, fertilizers and manure.

Juan Carlos's story

Juan Carlos is 21 years old, single, and lives with his parents in Ventanas canton, in Los Ríos province. He does not have any children.

This community bank is called "26 de Noviembre" and it is located in Las Blancas, in Ventanas canton. The group has 10 members who work in short-cycle agriculture, growing corn, rice and pigeon peas.

Juan is a farmer. In particular, he grows corn, rice and pigeon peas. He makes his purchases in Ventanas every month and makes his sales in the street market in the town.

Juan is requesting a loan to buy seeds, fertilizers and manure. The support of this loan will help him to financially cover his needs and increase production. He faces challenges in his business such as pests which attack his crops. His dream is to own his own land which he can work and then use the profits to buy a house.

Juan is noted as being a responsible person and he enjoys playing volleyball and indoor soccer. In addition, one of the customs in his town is to celebrate the local fiesta in October.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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