A loan of $1,000 helped to purchase farming inputs such as fertilizers, urea, and herbicides.

Maria Manuela's story

María, 34, is married and lives with her husband. She has six children. She lives in Guaranda Canton in the province of Bolívar.

María makes a living growing and selling naranjilla. She also raises livestock. She'll use the money from the loan to buy fertilizer, urea, and herbicides.

With the loan from the co-op she'll improve her crop. Her dream is to have better naranjilla harvests.

The challenges she faces are not being able to communicate, not having transportation, the weather, and pests. She spends her free time visiting with neighbors.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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