A loan of $1,400 helped to buy supplies, fertilizer, urea, and insecticide.

Maria Mercedes's story

María Mercedes, 46, is married and lives with her husband and her two children in Ventanas Canton, Los Ríos Province.

The members of Luchando por una Misma Causa Communal Bank are located in the La Primavera community in Ventanas Canton. This communal bank consists of short-cycle farmers who grow corn and rice.

María Mercedes makes a living in agriculture growing corn, rice, and beans. She makes her purchases and sales in Ventanas.

She's requesting the loan to buy supplies, fertilizer, urea, and insecticide for her crops. With the support of the loan she'll be able to plant corn, beans, and rice.

Her dream is to remodel her house. The challenges she faces are crop infestations. In her free time she likes to do the housework.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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