A loan of $600 helped to buy fertilizer, manure, and insecticide.

Marcia Mercedes's story

Marcia Mercedes, 34, is single and has two children. She lives with her children in the El Jobo area of Ventanas Canton in the province of Los Ríos. She belongs to Nuevo Jerusalén Communal Bank in El Jobo, Ventanas Canton, where people make a living in agriculture and livestock.

Marcia Mercedes makes a living growing corn and rice. With the loan she'll be able to buy supplies such as fertilizer, manure, and insecticide to avoid pests and disease.

She makes her purchases in the city of Ventanas. The loan has helped her increase her income and her crops.

Her dream is to buy a plot of land to continue growing crops. In her free time she likes to rest and watch television.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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