A loan of $925 helped to buy fertilizer and pay for labor.

Gilma Guadalupe's story

In a community called Tierras Amarillas of the Rocafuerte canton, the credit group Mejorando El Futuro meets every two weeks. This area is known for its agriculture, because a big parts of its residents grow short cycle crops.

This is where Gilma lives. She is 54 years old. She is married and from her marriage has 3 children who are grown and on their own. Her husband works in agriculture.

Gilma took the loan out for her husband. He works in agriculture, growing rice and other vegetables all year long, and corn in the winter, because that is planted on higher land. The rice and the vegetables are planted on land that can be irrigated. He has water pumps that bring the water from the river that is near his crops. In general, there are three crops that he has every year and this is how they are able to get ahead, thanks to the fruits of the earth. Her husband works with two or three people caring for and harvesting the crops. Her husband pays them wages and these people can also bring home the daily bread with their work.

She is going to use this loan to buy fertilizers and pay for labor for the crops. This is her third cycle in the credit group. Her dream is to have a good harvest.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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