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

Rosa Armida's story

Rosa Armida, 25, is single and has four children. She lives with her children who are 10, 8, 5 and 3 years old in Guaranda, Bolívar Province.

She’s a member of the “Ventanal” communal bank which is formed in the community of Guantuncoto, Julio Moreno Canton, Guaranda, located 30 minutes away from the office. Residents of the community carry out a variety of different activities like: farming, cattle raising, animal husbandry (pigs, chickens, sheep), commerce and construction.

Rosa is a farmer and raises barnyard fowl. Her purchases and her sales take place in Ventanas. She’s asking for the loan for her corn and rice crops. She’ll buy manure, fertilizer and urea. With help from the loan the business will improve and her family will be in better condition. Her dream is to own a house and farmland and that her children complete their education and become professionals.

The challenges she faces are economic problems and the lack of money to buy the chemicals needed for farming. In her free time she enjoys the Carnival festivities, All Soul’s Day, Holy Week and the feast day of St. Peter.

With help from the last loan she was able to buy supplies and seeds. Her family relationship has improved and so has income because she was able to sell her crops at a good price.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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