A loan of $800 helped to buy insecticide, urea, fertilizer and herbicide.

Maria Rosa's story

Maria is 45 years old. She is married and has seven children. She lives with her husband and children in Chillane, province of Bolivar.

The VIRGEN DE BAÑOS communal bank was formed in the community of Mama Sara de Cerritos, 30 minutes from the cooperative's office.

Maria works in agriculture. She grows beans, corn, raspberries, tomatoes, and sugar cane. She also raises cattle. She is asking for the loan to buy insecticide, urea, fertilizer, and herbicides. With the help of the loan, she will be able to buy what she really needs. The challenges she faces are natural disasters.

Her dream is to improve her quality of life, finish raising her children, and giving them a good life. In her free time, she likes to go for walks, visit family and enjoys the festivals in her canton.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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