A loan of $1,200 helped to rent farmland and buy supplies for his farming business.

Darwin Stalin's story

Darwin Stalin, 24, is single. He lives with his parents in Ventanas, a canton in the Ecuadorean province of Los Rios.

Darwin is a member of the LA UNION community bank in the rural Ventanas town of Aguas Frias. The members of the community bank operate farming businesses. They grow maize, rice, beans, etc.

Darwin grows maize for a living. He also works as a laborer for other farmers. He buys what he needs in Ventanas and sells whatever he has to sell there, too.

Darwin is applying for a loan to rent fields and buy supplies--seeds, fertilizers, weed-killer, etc..--that he needs for the business.

Darwin particularly wants to buy supplies for killing the insects--alangosta and cogollera--that destroy his maize crop. Your help will allow him to buy the supplies he needs. His hope for the future is to buy his own land.

In his spare time, he enjoys walks.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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