A loan of $800 helped to buy farm supplies.

Diego Gerardo's story

Diego Gerardo, 50, is in a civil union and has 8 children; he lives with his children and wife in the city of Ventanas, Los Ríos Province.

The “La Paulina” communal bank is located in Puerto Pechinche Parish, Recinto La Paulina belonging to Pueblo Viejo Canton; they work in agriculture and animal husbandry.

Diego Gerardo works in agriculture growing corn and rice and he also raises chickens and pigs. He requests the loan to buy seeds, urea, manure, Ranger [herbicide] and animal feed.

With help from the loan he will be able to buy what’s needed for the crops and feed for his animals. He makes his purchases and his sales in the city of Ventanas.

His dream is to buy a piece of land and the challenge he faces is to plant ten ‘cuadras’ [unit of land measurement] of cocoa beans. He likes to get together with his family in his free time.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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