A loan of $350 helped buy chickens, vitamins, and food to raise chickens and increase her business.


Vilma Susana's story

The Unión Progresista Communal Bank is located 45 minutes outside of the city of Cuenca on the way to El Valle in the Ñariviña community. Here we can enjoy beautiful scenery because it is a community that offers the freedom of being in the country, breathing fresh air, and admiration for the natural beauty of this city.

Vilma B. lives in the Ñariviña community in the Santa Ana parish. Ana is 46, and she was in a common law marriage. She separated six years ago because her life partner became an irresponsible drunk. She has eight children; 26, 25, 24, 22, 18, 16, 15, and 12. Almost all of her children work and go to a school some distance away. They help a little with the household expenses. Her last daughter goes to the Ecuador school. She lives with all of her family in the house of one of her sons who is in the exterior.

She works raising chickens. She also does other activities like washing clothes and fixing up other houses when someone asks for this service. This is an additional income that helps a little. The economic living situation is very hard, and even harder for a woman alone.

She has a nice friendship with all of her colleagues in the communal bank. This is her third cycle working with the Foundation. The loans have helped a lot in maintaining her business. With the loan from the institution she will buy more chickens, food, and vitamins to increase her chicken business.

Vilma’s dream is to get together enough money to one day build her own house.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish


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