A loan of $1,000 helped to buy a piece of land.

Maria Mercedes's story

María Mercedes, 62, is married and has two children. She lives with her husband and children 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 Mercedes farms corn, potatoes and blackberries and also raises chickens and cattle.

She’s asking for the loan to buy a piece of land. With help from the loan she will be able to increase the size of her crops.

She will make the purchase in Guanto Cruz. Her dream is to have a house of her own. The challenges she faces are weather and transportation. In her free time she enjoys playing with her grandchildren and she likes the Christmas Season.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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