A loan of $1,000 helped to purchase seeds and agricultural products.

Mercedes Graciela's story

Mercedes Graciela is 69 years old, married, and she lives with her husband and their children, aged 15 and 23. They live in the canton of Chillanes, in the province of Bolivar.

The communal bank "Nueve de Abril", meaning "April Nine" is located in the Parrish of San Jose del Tambo, belonging to the canton of Chillanes. The members of this group are agriculturists who primarily cultivate corn and cocoa.

Mercedes cultivates corn and cocoa. She buys and sells her products in the market in San Jose del Tambo.

She requests a loan to purchase seeds and agricultural products. the loan will help her supply her financial need and to improve her agricultural activities. She faces challenges such as the drop in prices of the products that she sells, as well as middle-men. Her dream is to see her children complete their studies.

She enjoys walking and household activities.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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