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

Mariana Mercedes's story

Mariana Mercedes is 40 years old and married. She lives with her husband and children in the canton of Ventanas in Los Ríos Province.

The Communal Bank “San Francisco de Sibimbe” is located in the neighborhood of Recinto Sibimbe in the canton of Ventanas. This Communal Bank has 20 members who engage in short-cycle farming. They grow corn and rice.

Mariana Mercedes is a farmer who grows corn, rice, and pigeon peas. Her purchases and sales are conducted in Ventanas each month. She is requesting a loan in order to buy seeds, urea, fertilizers, Ranger (a brand of herbicide), and compost. With the help of this loan, she will be able to cover her family’s expenses. Her dream is to always be in good health and able to work.

In her free time, Mariana Mercedes enjoys reading the Bible.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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