A loan of $1,300 helped to buy chicks, feed and medicine.

Amparo Alexandra's story

Every two weeks, the members of Las Piedras community bank meet in a neighborhood called Las Piedras, in Picoaza parish, in the city of Portoviejo. Portoviejo is known for the cheerful nature of its people and its San Pedro and San Pablo celebrations.

This is where Amparo lives. She is 26 years old and lives with her common-law husband. The couple have a 5-year-old son who is in school. Her husband raises livestock.

Amparo and her husband both raise chickens and they have two chicken sheds for this purpose. Every two weeks they put up to 200 chicks in the sheds to raise. When they are ready, they deliver them to traders who take them and sell them in different markets in the city. Amparo's husband has been in this business for more than eight years and they make enough money to get by.

Amparo is requesting a new loan because she did very well with her last one. She was able to use the profits she made from her business to increase the size of her chicken shed so that she can put more birds in it and make even more profits. Amparo will use this loan to buy chicks. She will also buy feed and medicines for them. Amparo has been a member of her community bank since it was founded and she likes it because of the help and benefits that she receives.

Amparo's dream is to own a car or a truck.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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