A loan of $1,950 helped a member to buy potato seeds, manure and to pay labor costs.

Estrellas Unidas Group's story

Thomas, 63, lives in a village in Intibucá municipality with his wife and children. Thomas is a person who has worked in agriculture since he was little. Agriculture has been his only source of income his entire life. He grows potatoes, beans, tomatoes and others and spends all necessary time at it.

The loan he’s requested is his second one and it’s for 7000 lempiras that he will use to buy potato seeds, manure and to pay labor costs. The loans help him improve production by providing good crop maintenance.

His plan is to continue improving production to also improve his quality of life by means of the profits obtained.

He is the president of the communal bank he belongs to which is called “Estrellas Unidas” (United Stars) and that has 8 members who live in the same community and are farmers. In the photo they can be identified thus: On the left is Santos wearing a gray shirt, next is Ruperta in a fuschia blouse, María in blue and pink, Juliana in green and blue, Martín in plaid, Felipe in blue, Thomas in green stripes and Anselma in red on the right.

In this group: Thomas, Felipe, Santos Leonidas, Martin, Juliana, Ruperta, Anselma, Maria Pascuala

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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