A loan of $1,000 helped to buy chickens, pigs, vaccines, fertilizer, urea and weed killing liquids.

Maria Soledad's story

María Soledad, 39, is married and has six children. She lives with her children and her husband in Guaranda, Bolívar Province.

She’s a member of the “Muschuc Ñan” communal bank located in the community of Guanto Cruz, Guanujo Parish, sixty minutes from the office. It has 11 members who work farming blackberries and corn and raise farm animals and dairy cows for cheese production.

María Soledad farms corn and blackberries and also raises chickens and pigs.

She’s asking for the loan to buy chicks, pigs, vaccines, fertilizer, urea and weed killing liquids. With help from the loan she will be able to buy the animals and what’s needed for the crops. Her purchases and sales will take place in Guanto Cruz each week.

Her dream is to be able to have a good harvest to improve income. The challenges she faces are bad weather and transportation. In her free time she likes to rest and to enjoy New Year and Christmas.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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