A loan of $1,350 helped to grow rice and vegetables.

Gilma Guadalupe's story

In a town called Tierras Amarillas in the canton of Rocafuerte, the members of the credit group Mejorando El Futuro [Improving the Future] meet every fifteen days. This area is known for its agriculture since most of the inhabitants are involved in farming short-cycle crops.
Here lives Gilma, 54. She's married and has three grown children who are independent. Her husband works in agriculture.
Gilma is taking a loan for her husband's work in agriculture, planting rice and vegetables all year round on irrigated land with three crop rotations. It takes a year for their crops to grow. This is the way that she and her move forward. They pay two or three people who are paid for their work which makes them a source of income for these families.
She is repeating her loan because she needs to plant some new plots. As always, her remaining income will be reinvested in their crops for the food and livelihood for their family. She will use this loan to buy seeds and fertilizers to grow rice and vegetables. This is her fourth loan cycle in the credit group. Her dream is to have a good harvest.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Megan Hinrichsen

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