A loan of $1,500 helped to buy livestock and plots of land.

Fausto Manuel's story

Manuel, who is 59, is married and lives with his wife and three children in the commune of Santa Rosa de Cerritos which lies in Chillanes in Bolívar province.

Manuel is a member of the VRC de San Isidro solidarity group which was set up in Santa Rosa de Cerritos, which is some 40 minutes away from the cooperative's office. The group's members are people who work in agriculture and livestock rearing.

Manuel's agricultural work involves sowing beans and corn and rearing animals such as livestock. He is applying for this loan to buy livestock and plots of land and will make his purchases in Chillanes.

His ambition is to boost his production and to keep healthy so as to have a long life.

In his work, he has to face the problem of low prices in the market for the produce which he produces.

In his free time, he likes to go out for walks, visit members of his family and take part in the local festivals.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Janice Crossfield

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