A loan of $1,000 helped to plant corn and purchase various types of fertilizers.

Segundo Manuel's story

Segundo Manuel is 55 years old and is married with 5 children. He lives with his wife and kids in the Guaranda Province of Bolívar. He is a member of the group VRC VENTANAL which can be found in the community of Guantuncoto, in Julio Moreno Cantón Guaranda Parish, at a distance of 30 inutes from the Kiva partner's office. The group members work in various activities, including agriculture, cattle, raising small animals like pigs, chickens and sheep, sales and construction.

Segundo works in agriculture, raising animals and working construction. He also plants corn, potatoes, beans, wheat, and peas. The land that he farms is his own, and he also has two milking cows.

He makes his purchases and sales in Guaranda. He is requesting a loan in order to plant corn and purchase various types of fertilizers.

With the help of the loan he hopes that his production will improve in order to obtain better earnings. His dream is to buy land in the coastal zone. The challenges that he faces are the presence of pests in the fields. He dreams of being able to go walking around, visiting family and friends and enjoying the festivities of the carnival and San Pedro.

With the help of the previous loan he was able to purchase fertilizers and seeds for planting. His relationship with his family has improved 100 percent. The work and income has increased for the benefit of the family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Debra McMahon

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