A loan of $1,000 helped to buy seeds, fertilizers, and manure, as well as animal feed for raising and fattening chickens.

Elena Antonia's story

Elena is 28 years old, in a common-law marriage, and has four children. She lives with her spouse and children in the city of Ventanas in the province of Los Rios. The "Pequeños Agricultores" communal bank is located in the community of Desvio de los Amarillos, in the Ventanas canton. This communal bank is dedicated to agriculture and livestock, and especially the cultivation of corn.

Elena earns a living by growing corn and raising chickens. She needs the loan to buy seeds, fertilizers, manure, as well as feed for raising and fattening chickens. With the loan, she will be able to buy the items she needs for her crops and animals. She will make the purchases in the market in Ventanas.

Elena faces challenges such as limited financial resources to invest in her business. Her dream is to have enough money to be able to buy a house, or to construct a house on some of the land given to her by her father. In her free time, Elena likes to dance.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Deepti Limaye

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