A loan of $800 helped to buy seeds, manure, urea, and liquid fertilizers for growing corn.


Victor Santiago's story

Victor Santiago is 64 years old and single. He has four children, but they don't live with him. He lives in Ventanas canton in De los Ríos province. The "14 of December" communal bank is made up of 15 members of Cooperativa San José, and is located in the San Vicente area of Las Lomas, in Ventanas canton. The members engage in farming, such as growing corn. Victor Santiago is a farmer and grows corn, plantains, cacao, rice and beans. He buys his products in Ventanas, and sells his produce in the market of the same place and in markets in the surrounding area. He applied for the loan to buy seeds, manure, urea, and liquid fertilizers for growing corn. The loan has helped him increase the family's income. His dream is to buy a piece of land for building a home. In his free time, he likes to watch television.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie



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