A loan of $725 helped buy livestock and feed for livestock.

Gloria Maxima's story

Gloria lives in the La Playa neighborhood, which is located in a rural area called Cruz del Camino in the community of Del Valle, 45 minutes from Cuenca. The climate is mild and the fields are good for raising crops. They raise corn, beans, potatoes and vegetable, not in large quantities because the residents go into the city to work, but enough to supply the area and for their own consumption. They also raise animals such as cows, sheep, chickens, geese, guinea pigs and others.
Gloria was born in 1966. Today she is 43 years old, divorced and has 3 children, 17, 15, and 4 years old. The two oldest work but they completed their schooling. Gloria does not really know how long she has been divorced because 15 years ago her husband went to another country and she never heard from him again and he forgot about his family. When she went to get a copy of her children´s birth certificates she found out that she was separated but never knew why. At that time she had only her two children. After about 10 years, she heard from the father of her children and he began to help them financially after the childen demanded it.
She lives in her own house and her two older children help her financially; one works in construction and the other works as a domestic employee in Cuenca.
Gloria´s business is animals; she goes to the livestock fairs which are held in different towns in Azuay province, such as in Paute, Girón, Azogues and other places. She does this from Wednesday to Sunday. Other days she takes care of her 87-year-old mother who is ill. She also takes care of her animals and her fields. She raises animals such as guinea pigs and chickens, and on Sundays she takes the livestock that she still has left over after the fairs to the open market where small animals are sold. She also sells from her home, on request.
The loan she is requesting will be used to buy more animals and feed for the animals. She currently has 100 free-range chickens (chickens fed organically) and 60 chickens raised on feed. She is very grateful to the Fundación Espior because they help her business. Her goal is to be able to buy a car so that her son can help her with the business and not have to pay for transportation.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Molly Puglisi

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