A loan of $1,000 helped to buy seeds and farm supplies.

Jose Manuel's story

José’s 27-year-old married and has children; he lives with his wife in Guaranda, Bolívar Province. He’s a member of the “Nuevos Horizontes” (New Horizons) communal bank. The community is located about 40 minutes away in Santa Martha belonging to Guaranda Canton.

José works growing sugarcane, blackberries, ‘naranjilla’ [a tropical fruit] and also raises animals like chickens and pigs. He’s asking for the loan to buy seeds, fertilizer, urea and insecticide. With the loan’s help he’ll be able to increase production. He makes his purchases and sales weekly in Guaranda.

The challenges he faces are competition, poor roads and bad weather. His dream is to be able to buy a pick-up truck to transport his products to sale. In his free time he enjoys wandering in the countryside and enjoying sports, especially playing volleyball. He is very grateful for his previous loan.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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