A loan of $1,400 helped to buy seeds, fertilizer, and manure for the crops.


Cruz Mercedes's story

Cruz Mercedes, 23, is a single mother. She lives with her parents and her son. She lives in the Agua Frías area of Mocache, Cantón Mocache. The communal bank El Progreso is located in the Aguas Frías area of Mocache, Cantón Macache. This communal bank works in short-cycle farming, growing corn and rice. Cruz Mercedes works in agriculture, planting corn and rice on her own land. She buys and sells the products in Mocache. She is applying for the loan to buy seeds, fertilizer, and manure for the crops. The loan has helped her to increase her income for her family and to invest in the planting. Her dream is to keep increasing her crops, to buy a house, and to give her son a good education. She faces the challenges of diseases in the crops, the poor weather, and plagues. In her free time, she likes to do handicrafts and exercise.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Caitlin Jones



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