A loan of $600 helped to purchase fertilizers, compost, insecticides to avoid plant infestations and disease as well as animal feed.

Segundo Arturo's story

Arturo is 70 years old and divorced. He has two sons and lives alone in the Zapotal Nuevo area, part of Ventanas canton in Los Rios province.

He belongs to Los Amigos Communal Bank, which is also located in Zapotal Nuevo in Ventanas canton. The members of this group engage in farming and raise livestock.

Arturo is a farmer who cultivates corn and raises farmyard animals like chickens and ducks. He will use the loan to buy supplies, such as fertilizer, compost, insecticides to avoid plant infestations and disease, as well as feed for his livestock. He will make his purchases in the city of Ventanas.

His dream is to buy some land. In his spare time he enjoys going for a walk with his dogs.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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