A loan of $1,000 helped to buy manure and fertilizers for his corn crop.

Segundo Manuel's story

Segundo Manuel is 40 years old, married with 7 children. He lives with his wife and children who are 18, 16, 13, 9, 7, 4 and 2 years old. They live in the Guaranda Province of Bolivar. He is a member of the communal bank VRC VENTANAS which is located in Guantuncoto in the parish of Julio Moreno in the canton of Guaranda, 30 minutes away from the office. The residents of the area work in various sectors such as: agriculture, livestock, animal breeding (pigs, chickens, sheep), commerce and construction.

Segundo grows crops and breeds animals. He grows corn, wheat, barley, lentils, onions and in addition has 2 dairy cows. He also works in construction.

He buys and sells in Guaranda. He is asking for the loan in order to buy manure and fertilizers for his corn crop. With the help of the loan, he will be able to improve production. His dream is to buy a plot of land and build a house.

The challenges he has faced are potato blight and pests in his corn as well as sickness with his cows.

In his free time he likes to go for walks, sports and enjoy the festivities of the carnaval.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Maria Blyth

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