A loan of $550 helped to buy buy feed for guinea pigs.

Nancy Elena's story

Nancy Elena is a member of the “Cochapamba” communal bank in the community of San Miguel Alto, which is located approximately a half-hour outside of the city of Cuenca, in the south of Ecuador. She is 43 years old, is married, and has 4 children. Her oldest daughter is already married and has her own family. Nancy’s other children still live with her. They are 21, 12, and 4 years old. Her husband is in the United States, in Brooklyn, working as a mason. He left 5 years ago, when she had just gotten pregnant with her youngest daughter. This was a very difficult time for Nancy, but she is a very strong woman and she pulled through.

Nancy has a business raising guinea pigs. She has been raising guinea pigs for a year, and now she has about 70 of them. She sells them for barbeques and special occasions such as first communions, graduations, and other communal parties. She also has some sheep. Nancy used to have a store in Cuenca, but after she had her daughter, she decided to stay at home to be closer to her family.

Nancy is requesting a loan of $550 to buy feed for her guinea pigs; specifically, she will buy forage. Her goal for the future is start a business outside of her home when her husband returns from the United States. He hopes to come back within two or three years.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jennifer Day

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