A loan of $600 helped to buy fertilizers, urea, herbicides, and vaccinations.

Maria Yolanda's story

María is 20 years old. She is a single mother with one son. She lives with her mother in Guaranda Canton, in the province of Bolivar.

The Mushuc Pakari communal bank is made up of ten people who make a living from agriculture. It is 40 minutes away from the office.

María makes a living from selling potatoes and cheese. She makes a living from agriculture – from sowing potatoes and broad beans. She also makes a living from breeding animals, such as cows, pigs, and sheep. She will use the money from the loan to buy fertilizers, urea, herbicides, vaccinations for her animals, and rice bran.

With the loan granted by Cooperativa San Jose, she will be able to improve her crops and her farming. She will make her purchases in Guaranda Canton. Her dream is to have her own house. The challenges she faces in life are plagues of insects and illnesses affecting her animals. She likes to spend her free time with her family.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eloise Minogue

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