A loan of $1,600 helped to buy seeds, fertilizers, urea, liquid weed killer and compost.

Marcia Gioconda's story

Marcia Gioconda is 25 years old, unmarried and lives with her mother. She has an 8-month-old son and lives in Ventanas canton in Los Rios Province.

Her communal bank is called San Francisco de Sibimbe and is located in Sibimbe precinct in Ventanas canton. It has 20 members who are dedicated to short cycle farming of maize and rice.

Marcia Gioconda cultivates maize and rice on land owned by her mother, however the two farm together. She makes her purchases and sales in the city of Ventanas. She is requesting a loan to buy seeds, fertilizer, urea, liquid weed killer and compost. With help from the loan she will be able to buy what is necessary for her plants and confront the challenges that attack them, the pests such as budworms and rats. Her dream is to help her mother financially and to get ahead with her son. She enjoys reading and listening to music.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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