A loan of $800 helped to purchase seeds, fertilizers, urea, and liquids.

Jose Manuel's story

Jose Manuel is 26 years old, married with no children and lives with his wife in the Guaranda Bolivar province.

He is a member of the “VR Nuevos Horizontes” [Ventanillas Rurales (VR) Windows to the Countryside New Horizons], the community is located about 40 minutes from the Santa Martha community which is part of the Canton Guaranda region.

Jose works in farming and the cultivation of sugarcane and berries. He also sells unrefined whole cane sugar, berries and raises animals such as chickens and pigs.

He requests a loan to buy seeds, fertilizers, weed killer. With the help of this loan, he hopes to increase production. Every 15 days he goes to Guaranda to buy and sell.

The challenges he faces are the bad roads and a lot of rain. His dream is to buy a truck to transport his products and to sell them. During his free time he likes to rest and enjoy playing volleyball.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Andrea Kellogg

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