A loan of $775 helped to buy fertilizers.

Angela Mercedes's story

In the city of Portoviejo, the capital of Manabí, which has been known for many years as the City of the Reales Tamarindos Trees, the members of the 8 de Diciembre [Eighth of December] village bank meet every two weeks.

Here we meet Angela, 59. Her husband died several years ago but they did have four children together, now all grown up and on their own.

Our friend makes her living in agriculture and business. She has a farm where she grows lemons and cacao. When her husband passed away it was up to her to move ahead with the crops. Not long ago she also installed some ponds where she's raising tilapia. She tells us that she's just about to take her first fish to a number of Portoviejo markets to sell to the vendors. She has three people helping her, whom she pays a weekly salary. She says that it's had work but she loves what she does because she's in contact with nature.

This loan is to buy fertilizers for her crops. She's done twenty-six loan cycles with the village bank. She's the groups treasurer, and she likes it because the group is very homogeneous and responsible.

Her goal is to keep moving ahead in business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jill Heske

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