A loan of $1,200 helped to buy manure, seed, agricultural supplies, urea, other types of fertilizer, liquids for pest control, and feed for his livestock.

Maurillo Marin's story

Maurillo Marin is 47, single, and lives alone in Chillanes canton in Bolívar province. The members of the "San Jacinto" communal bank live in San José del Tambo parish, in San Jacinto district, Chillanes canton. The members of the communal bank work in agriculture, mainly growing corn, cacao, plantain, oranges, and raising livestock.

Maurillo grows corn, cacao, plantain, oranges, and raises livestock. He buys his supplies at María Agricultural Supply and sells his products in the market of San José del Tambo every weekend.

He is applying for the loan to buy manure, seed, agricultural supplies, urea, other types of fertilizers, and pest-control liquids, in order to maintain his crops in good condition. He will also buy feed for the livestock he raises for later sale at a better price. The loan will help him meet his financial needs, help him farm better, and improve the quality of his products.

He faces challenges such as falling prices for the products he sells, and dealing with middlemen. His dream is to be able to buy more land, in order to grow a little more, so as to obtain better earnings for the well-being of his family. He is known for being a quiet man; honest and very responsible, and he makes his payments on time. He likes to go for walks, and likes fiestas; especially Carnival.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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