A loan of $1,000 helped to buy seeds, urea, fertilizers, insecticides, and feed for the animals.

Maria De La Cruz's story

Maria, 42, is single and has no children. She lives with her parents in Ventanas Canton, Los Rios Province. Cevallos communal bank is located in the San Francisco neighborhood. It belongs to the San Juan de Pueblo Viejo parish, and the members work in agriculture.
Maria works in farming, planting rice and corn. She also raises chickens, ducks, and pigs. She is applying for a loan to buy seeds, urea, fertilizer, insecticide, and feed for the animals. With the help of the loan, she will be able to buy the fertilizers that she really needs for the planting. She buys what she needs in Guayaquil. Her dream is to have a large clothing business. She challenges she faces are competition and plagues.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Caitlin Jones

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