A loan of $1,000 helped to plant corn, to purchase seeds and fertilizers, and to pay the people that help her.


Laura Piedad's story

Laura Piedad is married and has 3 children. She lives with her husband and children ages 6, 3 and a 15 day-old newborn in the Guaranda Province of Bolívar.

She 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 minutes from the loan office. The group members work in various activities, including agriculture, cattle, raising small animals like pigs, chicken and sheep, and working in sales and construction.

Laura works in agriculture raising animals, planting corn, beans, wheat, and barley. She owns her own home and the land that she plants is owned by family. She buys and sells in Guaranda. She is asking for a loan in order to plant corn, to purchase seeds and fertilizers, and to pay the people that help her. With their help she can improve her production.

Her dream is to be able to build her own home. The challenges that she faces include plagues and illnesses in the crops and livestock. In her free time she enjoys the festivities of carnival and San Pedro.

With the help of her previous loan she was able to improve the quality of life of her family, and her income has improved.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Debra McMahon



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