A loan of $1,500 helped to buy supplies and pay for labor.

Editha Judith's story

The members of the Mejorando El Futuro communal bank meet every two weeks in a place called Tierras Amarillas, within the Rocafuerte settlement. This sector is known for its agriculture and most of its residents raise short cycle crops.

Editha lives here. She’s 29 years old and is in a live in relationship and has an 11 year old daughter who attends school. Her husband is a farmer.

Our friend works in partnership with one of her brothers. They are farmers and tell us that they always plant rice, corn, and vegetables. She is in charge of getting the loans with which they finance their crops, while her brother works the fields, along with two other people whom they pay. Our friend tells us that they are just getting into the planting season and their previous crops were damaged by the harsh winter. They lost everything and now, with the help of this loan, they hope to be able to replant and recover part of their losses.

They will use the money from this loan to buy seed, fertilizer, and also pay for labor to plant the crops. She has been part of the communal bank for four cycles and she likes it because it helps her with loans and they would not be able to plant without them.

Her hopes are to be able to recover her losses and come out ahead with her family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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