A loan of $1,200 helped to purchase fertilizer and pay for labor.

Ramón Alfredo's story

The Mejorando El Future (Improving the Future) Community Bank meets at a place called Tierras Amarillas (Yellow Lands) in the hamlet of Rocafuerte every 15 days. This area is known for its agriculture since a large number of its inhabitants make a living in short-cycle farming. It is here we find Ramón, a 56-year-old married father of two children, one who is grown up and the youngest who is 12 and in school. His partner is a housewife. Ramón makes a living as much in farming as he does in soldering, since he has a workshop where he works with metal, making doors, windows and other items. He also dedicates himself to his crops and it's for this reason he is requesting the loan since he had planted rice, corn and vegetables, which he lost during the hard winter, and now he hopes with this loan to replant and recuperate what he lost. He just started with the community bank, but his wife has been with it from the start, but since she has become ill he now is requesting a loan, which was always used for his work. His dreams are for his wife to get better and for his harvest to go very well to recover what he lost.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein

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