A loan of $600 helped purchase fertilizers and supplies for her crops.

Maria Esther's story

María Esther is 42 years old. She is single and lives with her parents and her two children, 15 and 20 respectively, in the town of Chillanes in Bolivar Province.

The Ninth of April Rural Bank is located in the San José del Tambo parish in Chillanes. The members of this rural bank work in agriculture mostly growing corn and cocoa.

María grows corn and cocoa. She buys and sells her products at the market in San José del Tambo.

She is applying for a loan to purchase fertilizers and supplies for her crops. The loan will help her cover her expenses and improve her agricultural activities. She faces many challenges like drops in commodity prices and working with middlemen. Her dream is for her children to complete their studies.

In her free time she listens to music and does housework.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patrick King

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