A loan of $1,200 helped to buy milk and fertilizer.

Nelly Narcisa's story

In Tierras Amarillas, Rocafuerte, the Credit Group ‘Mejorando el Futuro’ meets every 15 days. This area is known for its agriculture as most of the population there work on the crops.

This is where Nelly, 50, lives. She is married and has eight children, six of whom are now adults. The younger two, who are 16 and 14, are studying at school. Four of her children still live in their home. Her husband works in agriculture.

Nelly works in the society with one of her sons. They sell milk, cheese and cattle. Her son uses their car to travel to different farms and collect the milk that they have just milked from their cows. Then he takes it to their house, where they use some of it to make delicious cheese, and the rest of it to sell it around the neighborhood together with the cheese they made the previous day.

Her husband will use part of this loan to buy fertilizer to help with his crops. He grows rice and corn. The rest of it will be used by Nelly to buy milk. She has been in the credit group since it began and she is grateful for the help it offers. Her dream is for her younger children to finish their studies.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Matthew Walker

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