A loan of $875 helped to hire day laborers and machinery for crop maintenance.

Matilde's story

Matilde is a 52 year old woman living alone in Santo Domingo which is one of Ecuador’s youngest cities. It’s built at the point where the mountains and the coast meet. It is a privileged spot not only because of its ethnic richness but also because of its scenery.

Santo Domingo currently belongs to the Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas Province which was recently formed in 2007. Santo Domingo’s main fiesta is celebrated with an intense influx of visitors and with commercial and cultural interchange. A large fair takes place in the cattlemen’s association grounds where the best examples of various breeds and crossbreeds from the region’s haciendas are exhibited and compete.

Matilde has a farm where she lives and works. She’s been farming for the last 25 years, an activity that has made it possible for her to survive. She grows cocoa beans, bananas and traditional regional products to then sell. Field work is very hard; her work days average ten hours.

Matilde wants to invest in clearing and maintaining her farm and to do so needs to hire staff that will help her and machinery to remove the bad weeds from the place. Because of this she needs a loan that will allow this woman to continue working.

Her loan officer has concluded after conducting an evaluation that this woman has low risk of delay or default. We hope that things turn out well for Matilde and that she will be able to have a refreshed farm with new crops. Her dream is to have a farm with more crops and despite living alone she thinks about her grandson who keeps her moving forward and growing.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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