A loan of $675 helped to buy feed and medicine for her hens.

Hermelinda Bernarda's story

In a community called Pachinche, which belongs to the parish of Colon in the city of Portoviejo, a place known for its hardworking people who work in agriculture and livestock, the members of the "Damas Emprendedoras De Pachinche" ("Women Entrepreneurs of Pachinche") communal bank meet every fifteen days.

Hermelinda, 56, lives in this community. She is in a common-law marriage, but she has not been able to have children. Her husband works in the fields.

Hermelinda is a good wife who raises chickens and egg-laying hens to earn her own money and help her husband, because he does not earn much from his work in the fields. She has been in this business for many years because it does not take up much of her time and it gives her very good earnings. Besides selling her hens at a very good price, she also sells the eggs. Thanks to this work, she is the one who provides for her household on some occasions.

She will use this loan to buy feed and medicine for her hens. She has been with the communal bank since its foundation, and she enjoys it because of the benefits the institution gives her.

Her wish is to always have good health.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Volz

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