A loan of $800 helped to buy fertilizers and manure.

Jimmy Rafael's story

Rafael is 41 years old, single, and has two children. He lives with his parents in the canton of Ventanas, in the province of Los Ríos. He belongs to the Palmasola communal bank, which is located in the rural area of Palmasola, which belongs to the parish of Ricaurte and the canton of Urdaneta. This communal bank focuses on agriculture and livestock.

Rafael works in agriculture, growing corn and rice. He is requesting a loan to buy fertilizers and manure. He says that with the support of the loan he will be able to buy agricultural inputs at a lower price because he will be able to pay cash. He will make his purchases in Ventanas each week. He says that his dream is to increase his productivity, and that the challenge he faces is climatic change. He likes to spend his free time at home with his family.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Graham Robinson

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