A loan of $800 helped to buy corn seed, fertilizer, urea, pesticides, and Ranger weed killer.


Marlene Mercedes's story

Marlene Mercedes, 34, lives in a common-law relationship and has three children. She lives with her partner and children in Rancho Grande precinct in Ventanas canton. Bendición de Dios [God's Blessing] communal bank has 11 members and is located in Rancho Grande precinct in Puerto Pechiche parish, about 45 minutes from our office.

Marlene Mercedes grows corn and rice and also raises chickens and pigs. She is applying for a loan to buy corn seed, fertilizer, urea, pesticides, and Ranger weed killer. She purchases supplies and sells her products in Ventanas every two weeks. She dreams of buying a farm. Her challenges are the locusts and fall armyworms that attack the crops. She likes to tend to her animals in her free time and says she is grateful for the previous loan, which helped her a lot.

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