A loan of $700 helped to buy a piece of land, as well as compost, fertilizers, and seeds.

Washington Ruben's story

Washington Rubén is 20 years old, single, and has no children. He lives with his mother in Guaranda in Bolívar Province.

Washington is a member is a member of the Communal Bank “Pangua” which is located in the community of Pangua Chaupiyacu and part of Guanujo parish in the canton of Guaranda. This community is 15 minutes away from the office of Cooperativa San Jose. The members of the Pangua Communal Bank work mostly in agriculture and livestock breeding, but they also engage in other business activities, such as retail and construction, in order to earn most of their income.

Washington is a farmer who grows potatoes and raises cattle. He buys his supplies and sells his products in Guaranda. Washington is requesting a loan in order to buy a piece of land, as well as compost, fertilizers, and seeds. With the help of this loan, he will be able to change his family’s financial situation. He dreams of purchasing a car and a house. The challenges he faces include dealing with problems related to drought.

In his free time, Washington enjoys playing sports and spending time with his siblings and parents.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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