A loan of $5,350 helped a member to buy insecticides and fertilizers.

Sagrado Corazón Del Junco (Bahia De Caraquez) Group's story

Every two weeks, the 26 members of the 'Sagrado Corazón del Junco' community bank meet in El Junco, in the city of Bahía de Caraquez, in Manabí province. The group's members mainly work in farming and livestock raising. Two years ago they decided to come together so that they could access loans from Fundación Espoir. They have used these loans to improve their financial situation.

One of the members of this group is Sonia. She is 40 years old, married, and has three children who are 16, 13 and 4 years old. Her two oldest children are in high school. Her husband is a farmer.

Sonia and her husband both farm. During the winter season they grow corn, peanuts and certain vegetables. They also grow passion fruit year round as these are long-cycle crops. Right now they are focusing on their corn and peanut crops as they require the most protection from pests. They have requested this loan to buy insecticides and fertilizers so that they can enjoy a better production. They work from Monday to Friday, from 7.00am to 3.00pm. In the summer they focus more on producing passion fruit which they pick and then deliver to different markets in the city.

This loan will be used to buy fertilizers and insecticides. Sonia has been a member of her community bank from the beginning and she likes it because of the help that they have given her to make progress through loans.

Sonia's dream is to enjoy a very good production and, above all, good health.

In this group: Lucrecia Barbarita, Elba Tannia, Sara Karolina, María Nela, Silvia Moncerrate*, Merly Asunción*, Margarita Rosa, Alba Alicia, Enma Marilu, Zoila Hermencia, Carmen Bernarda, Mayra Alexandra, Rosa Ines, Candelaria Edubi, Gina Fabiola, Sonia Paula, Jazmina Auxiliadora*, Belen Rosario*, Amparo Jacqueline, María Antonia, Patricia Domitila, Sonia Patricia, Sonia Rocio*, María Victoria, Paula Liliana, Maritza Magdalena
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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