A loan of $800 helped to purchase supplies for growing crops and feed for his animals.

Carlos Guillermo's story

Carlos Guillermo is 36 years old, married and lives with his wife and children in the hamlet of Guaranda in the provide of Bolívar. He has seven children.

The members of the communal bank "Sagrado Corazón" [Sacred Heart] are located in the Cuatro Esquinas area belonging to the Guaranda hamlet, fifteen minutes away from the cooperative's office. This group is made up of 12 members who raise crops and livestock in commercial enterprises, as well as other income-producing activities.

Carlos earns a living in farming. He grows potatoes, wheat and corn on his own land. He also has four head of cattle. He does his purchasing in the Guaranda market and his selling in the wholesale market of the same city. He is seeking the loan to purchase supplies for growing his crops and feed for his animals. With the support of the loan he would be financially helped to supply his needs. He faces challenges such as foot and mouth disease in his cattle. His dream is to buy a house in the area where he lives.

He likes to play sports and celebrate the Christmas and New Year's holidays, as well as Carnaval and San Pedro's Day.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Meg Wolfe-Roberts

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