A loan of $775 helped to purchase chickens, food and vitamins for raising them, and utensils for her home.

Humbertina De Jesus's story

The communal bank La Paz formed in Cuenca, a city very rich in culture and traditions, such as Los Dias de Los Santos Inocentes and El Pase del Nino Viajero (religious holidays around Christmas time), among others. These are customs that attract national and foreign tourists. The members of the bank are a group of people that united in order to seek social and economic improvements, thereby managing to strengthen a great friendship, respect, and mutual help in order for them and their families to get ahead.

Mrs. Humbertina Muñoz is an active partner of La Paz. She lives in the neighborhood Las Peñas, in the sector of Miraflores, with her 20-year-old daughter, who is the only single one of seven siblings. Humbertina is 64 years old and has been divorced for four years, since her husband left her. Through her life-long efforts, she managed to build her own house.

Humbertina makes a living raising chickens. She has been working in this business for four years and she assures that it is going very well for her. She sells her chickens plucked, delivering them to the stores in her town, or selling them in the city's markets.

Our partner has been working with loans from this foundation for three years, all this time investing in her business. With the new credit that FUNDACION ESPOIR provides her, she will invest in the purchase of more chickens, food and vitamins for raising them, and will expand her farm, as well as purchase a few utensils for her home. Humbertina's dream is to see her children enjoy a laid-back situation in their married life, as well as economically.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mark Broscoe

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