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

Luís Alfredo's story

Luis Alfredo is 22 years old. He is single and lives with his mother in the Cantón Chillanes, a subdivision of the province of Bolívar. He belongs to the communal bank Balacelo, which is made up of ten members. Luis Alfredo makes a living in agriculture, raising corn, beans and barley.

He has requested the loan to buy necessary nutrients for his corn, bean and pea crops. These include two quintals of urea, one quintal of manure, and fertilizers. With the help of this loan he will be able to purchase the raw materials that are needed for his harvest. He makes purchases of the necessary products frequently in Cantón Chillanes every 15 days.

His dream is that his daughter will be able to study and that he will increase the production of beans, which will allow him to increase his income.

The challenges he faces are the roads that are in disrepair, the loss of harvests due to poor climate, and health problems.

In his spare time, he likes to play indoor sports and volleyball in his community, and he enjoys listening to Carnival music.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emily Wong

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