A loan of $1,000 helped to buy supplies for farming businesses.

Irma Jeaneth's story

Irma Janeth, 34, lives with her partner and 9-year old daughter in San Vicente Las Lomas, a small town in the Ecuadorean canton of Ventanas.

The members of the El Recreo community bank in San Vicente Las Lomas make their livings from farming. They grow maize, rice, beans and soy.
Irma, too, is a farmer. She grows maize and beans and raises chickens and pigs. She started the business four years ago. She buys and sells what she needs in Ventanas.

Irma will use part of this loan to buy urea, fertilizer, manure, pesticides and other supplies for growing maize. She will use the rest to feed for her chickens and pigs. Borrowing helps her increase her family's income. Irma's goal is to buy a cart for transporting goods to market.

In her spare time, Irma likes to spend time with her family and her daughter.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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