A loan of $1,000 helped to buy seeds, fertilizer, urea, and manure.

Luis Arturo's story

21-year old Luis Arturo is married and has three children. He lives with his wife and children aged 2, 3, and 1 in Guaranda in the province of Bolivar.

Luis belongs to the Guantucoto community bank in the parish of Julio Moreno in Guaranda canton, located half an hour from the main office. The members of the community work in agriculture, raise livestock such as pigs, chickens, sheep), commerce, and construction.

Luis is a farmer and raises poultry. He also works in construction. He enjoys sport. He buys goods and sells his produce in Guaranda.

Luis is seeking a loan to buy seeds, fertilizer, urea, manure so he can improve the financial situation of his family and make progress. He will make good use of the money by spending it on supplies for his crops. His dream is to have another business so he can increase his income and improve his family’s situation.

The challenges that Luis faces are lack of rain or too long a winter. In his free time he enjoys going to festivals and carnivals.

With his previous loan he was able to buy farm supplies, fertilizer and seeds and improve production. He improved his family’s standard of living and his income increased satisfactorily.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A

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