A loan of $1,600 helped to buy supplies and fertilizers for his corn and rice crops.

Hugo Antonio's story

Hugo Antonio, 47, lives in the Ecuadorean province of Los Rios with his wife and 17-year old son.

The members of the CIUDADELA LOS ANGELES community bank, in Los Angeles, a rural town in Ventanas canton, make their livings growing farm crops such as maize and rice.

Hugo Antonio grows maize and rice. He buys supplies in Comercial Procan and sells what he produces in the wholesale market in Ventanas.

He is applying for a loan that he will use to buy the supplies he needs for growing maize and rice. The investment will help him to continue his farming business. He faces challenges such as a lack of funds for paying the laborers who help him on the farm. For the future, he wants to buy more land.

In his spare time, Hugo Antonio likes to play sports with his son.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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