A loan of $1,500 helped to buy fertilizer for the crops, seeds and food for the cattle.

Edilma Moraima's story

Edilma is 29 years old. She is a single mother and lives with her parents and son in Chillanes, Bolívar province, in the Santa Rosa de Cerritos community.

Edilma is a member of the San Isidro communal bank in the Santa Rosa de Cerritos community. This communal bank is some forty minutes away from the cooperative's office and its members work in agriculture and raising animals.

Edilma makes a living in agriculture - she grows beans and corn and raises animal, including cattle.

She is applying for a loan for her bean crops and to buy necessary items for her work, such as seeds and manure.

She will make her purchases in the city of Chillanes.

Her dream is to buy land to sow more crops on.

The challenge Edilma faces at the moment is the low prices that products command at the market.

In her free time, Edilma likes to go into town to have a look around and she also likes attending community events.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw

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