A loan of $600 helped to buy manure, seeds, agricultural supplies, fertilizers, weedkillers and animal feed.

Karol Paola's story

Karol Paola is 19 years old. She is single and lives witth her parents in the Chillanes Canton in the province of Bolívar.

The communal bank of SAN FRANCISCO DE ASIS is located in the Rumipamba District which is part of the Chillanes Canton. The members of this group work in agriculture, mainly in growing corn and raising livestock. Karol works growing corn and beans and raising livestock. She buys and sells her own products every weekend at the market of the Chillanes Canton. She is asking for the loan to buy manure, seeds, agricultural supplies, fertilizers and weedkillers to keep the crops in perfect condition and also buy food for the animals she raises so as to be able to sell them later at a better price.

The loan will help her meet her financial needs and improve the quality of her products and her agricultural activities. She faces challenges such as the drop in prices for the products she sells and also dealing with the middle-men. Her dream is to be able to buy a plot of land so that she can grow a little more produce to get higher profits for the welfare of her family.

She is a very responsible woman, who is humble, calm and punctual with her payments. She enjoys going for walks and visiting other places with her family.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Maria Blyth

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