A loan of $1,000 helped to purchase seeds, insecticides, urea and weedkiller, and to pay the day laborers.

Alcesido Norberto's story

Alcesido Norberto is 50 years old, in a committed relationship, and has one son. He lives with his partner and son in the city of Ventanas in the Los Ríos province.

He is a member of the Jerusalen Communal Bank located in El Caimito I, belonging to the Puerto Pechiche parish, in the Pueblo Viejo canton. The members of this group work in short-cycle agriculture, sowing corn, rice, and gandul beans.

Alcesido Norberto has earned a living as a farmer growing corn and rice since he was quite young. He is seeking the loan to purchase seeds, insecticides, urea, and liquid weedkiller and to pay the day laborers. With the help of the loan he can buy seeds and fertilizers for the crops. He will buy and sell in the city of Ventanas in the province of Los Ríos. The challenges he faces are crop infestations, disease, and bad weather.

His dream is to buy land to stay in farming. In his spare time he likes to play hard-surface soccer, go on outings and shop. He is very appreciative of the help afforded by the previous loan because he was able to buy what he needed for the crops and to improve his family's income.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Meg Wolfe-Roberts

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