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A loan of $550 helped to buy cheeses to sell and animal feed for her animals.

María Beatriz's story

Maria has been member of the Cochapamba communal bank for a long time now. She lives on the outskirts of the parish of Valle de Cuenca, a place that is surrounded by green fields as a result of the agricultural work of the people that live there. The people also work rearing animals and trading goods. They maintain their culture and traditions, and the architecture there is a mixture of old and modern styles. María is 52 years old, married, and as a result of her marriage has 10 children, six of whom are married and live independently. One of her daughters works to support her, and three of her children are studying - two at secondary school and one at the local school. Her husband is a driver and offers his services on a freelance basis. The house they live in belongs to them. María has been selling cheeses for some years now, and this business has allowed her to cover some of the household expenses. She also rears animals. María enjoys her work because she is her own boss and she receives payments every day. She invested the previous loan in the purchase of cheeses from which she made a good profit. She is requesting a new loan to buy more cheeses to sell and more animal feed for her livestock.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Geraldine Pugh

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