A loan of $1,500 helped to buy supplies to plant corn.

Julio Alfredo's story

Julio, age 26, is in a common-law relationship. He lives with his parents, partner, and children, ages 1-year-old and seven months. He lives in Ventanas canton, Los Ríos province.

His communal bank is called La Paulina. It is located in the Puerto Pechiche parish in the community of La Paulina; it belongs to the Pueblo Viejo region. This communal bank deals with farm and cattle work.

Julio works in farming, having sown corn and rice, and raised cattle for some time. He buys his products in Ventanas and sells them in the market in the same community.

He asked for a loan for the purchase of fertilizers and compost for his corn and rice fields, and balanced feed for his livestock. The loan has helped him to increase his income and improve his family’s quality of life. His dream is to continue in agriculture and help with his daughter's education. He likes to play sports and repair motorcycles.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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