A loan of $1,100 helped to buy chickens, guinea pigs, grass, nutritional feed and maize.

Maria Dolores's story

María C. is a member of the Nueva Amistad communal bank. This bank is made up of a group of members who have their dreams and the strength to get ahead, showing their children the value of work and the way of improving themselves every day. This bank is in the Cumbe parish, a place that is privileged with its livestock and farming produce.

María lives in the 3 de Noviembre suburb in the Cumbe parish. She is a happy and charismatic member of the bank and she gets on well all her fellow members. She is 41 and married. In her married union she has had 5 children who are 23, 21, 19, 15, and 12. Her first child works in a factory called Indurama and he does not financially help in the living expenses. Her second child works in a hardware store and her salary is for her personal expenses. Her third child helps in the home because he still has not found work and her other two are still students. Her husband works as a truck driver and it is their greatest pride to be able to have their own home.

María has raised animals since she was very young. She has cows, chickens and guinea pigs. Her cows' milk is taken by the milk trucks and she sells her chickens and guinea pigs to her neighbours in the community or when she has some financial need.

She has been making use of the foundation's loans for 11 years and became a member because she heard an announcement over a loadspeaker in her community. She has used the loans for the education of her children and now with the new loan she is going to buy chickens, guinea pigs and their feed such as grass, nutritional feed and maize.

Her aim is to build a shed to raise more hens to expand her farm.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catherine Dent

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