A loan of $1,500 helped to rent some more land tp plant strawberries and also to buy strawberry seeds, fertilizer and fungicide.

Francisco's story

Francisco is a hardworking, cheerful, responsible, sociable and very friendly person. He is 28 years old and lives with his family in Otavalo in the province of Imbabura.

Francisco works with some employees growing strawberries. This business is his family's source of income that helps pay the expenses such as education and food. That is why he is taking out a loan with Fodemi. They need to increase production. He will invest the loan in renting some land to plant strawberries. He will also use it to buy strawberry seeds, fertilizer and fungicide so his product will be of good quality and optimal for sale. This process will help Francisco improve his family's quality of life and give jobs to more helpers.

Francisco dreams of having his own land so he doesn't have to rent so he will make more profit to become a major distributor.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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