A loan of $1,100 helped to pay for labor to sow corn and rice.

María Yomaira's story

The members of the communal bank Trabajando Para Un Futuro [Working for a Future] meet every two weeks in Rocafuerte canton. Rocafuerte is famous all over the country for its delicious sweets made by the locals, as well as the warmth of its kind and hard-working people.

29-year-old Maria lives here with her husband and their three children aged 7, 5, and 1. Her husband works in farming, and they need a loan to pay for labor to control the sprouting of weeds and to prepare several plots of land so they are able to sow again. They want to take advantage of the winter and sow corn on high ground and rice in plots where it can be watered. They sow throughout the year because they have water-pumping equipment.

She is requesting another loan because with the previous loan she was able to pay for labor to harvest the crop. They managed to store the harvest for a few months and then sold it at better prices and got higher profits. This loan is again for labor costs. She has been a member of the communal bank from the beginning and she likes it because she can use the loans to help her husband out.

Her dream is to give her children a good education.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Geraldine Pugh

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