A loan of $600 helped to buy seeds, manure, urea and fertilizers.

Luis Octavio's story

Luis Octavio is 53 years old, he is married with two children, and he lives with his wife and children in Chillanes canton, Bolívar province. He belongs to the Balacelo communal bank, made up of 10 members. Luis Octavio works in farming, sowing corn, beans, peas and palm hearts.

He is asking for a loan to buy the supplies needed for farming such as 2 quintals of urea, 1 quintal of manure, and fertilizers. With this loan, he will be able to buy the supplies needed to obtain good crops and therefore get better profits. He buys the required products in Chillanes canton every fortnight.

His dream is to increase the bean crops, which would give him better profits and give his young children an education. The challenges which he faces are that the roads are in a bad condition, loss of crops due to poor weather and health problems.

In his free time, he likes relaxing, spending time with his children and he likes listening to carnival music.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Severine

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