A loan of $1,000 helped to purchase fertilizer, urea, and compost.

Sonia Mariela's story

Sonia Maria, age 21, is married and has two children. She lives with her husband, three year old daughter, and four month old son in Ventanas Canton, Los Rios Province.

The San Jose Communal Bank is located in the El Rosario section of Ventanas Canton. This communal bank concentrates on short cycle agricultural work—the planting of corn and rice.

Sonia has been involved with domestic work for many years. She also has been engaged in farming for three years and in raising pigs, cattle, and chickens. She carries out her purchases and sales in Ventanas.

Sonia is applying for this loan in order to be able to plant corn by purchasing fertilizers, urea, and compost. Her dream is to construct a house. She hasn’t had any problems with her business. During her free time, she likes to watch television.

With the help of her prior loan she was able to invest in farming and planted corn, rice and beans. This helped very much in obtaining economic benefits for the wellbeing of her family. She is very thankful for the help she has been offered.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Rick & Pat Brown

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