A loan of $800 helped purchase fertilizer, urea [a type of fertilizer with nitrogen], and liquid fertilizers.

Luis Manuel Mesias's story

Luis Manuel Mesias is 30 and lives with his wife and 3 children in Chillanes canton, Bolívar province.

The small communal bank “Trabajadores Agricolas,” or “Agricultural Workers,” is located in the Matilde Esther precinct, Chillanes canton. This communal bank has 11 members who grow short-cycle crops including corn, cocoa bean, oranges, and plantains since these are the crops that grow in this humid climate. In addition, the members also raise farm animals.

Luis plants cacao bean, coffee, and oranges. He purchases his products in Mata de Cacao and sells in Chillanes at the Sunday market at the end of every month.

The loan requested is to purchase fertilizer, urea [a kind of fertilizer with nitrogen], and liquid fertilizers for planting corn and cacao bean. The loan has helped him increase his earnings for the family’s consumption and for investing. His dream is to have a good harvest so he can earn a better income.

In his free time, he enjoys playing sports and celebrating Carnaval.

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