A loan of $550 helped to buy chickens, corn and vitamins.

María Nieves's story

María N., 37, lives with her life partner, who works in construction, and their 6 children. The oldest is 16 years old and works as a helper with his father; he is also finishing secondary school because he had dropped out of school but is now back attempting to finish his studies (he is in an open studies program). The other five children are between 14 and 4 years of age; they are all students except the youngest, who stays home with his mother. They live in a rented house in the Trinidad neighborhood, Turi parish. This parish is known for being a tourist attraction because one can get a panoramic view of most of Cuenca from there. Most of the residents are farmers and the young residents work in the city.

Maria works as a domestic caring for other people’s houses. She has been in this line of work for several years but she only works part-time, four days a week; the rest of the time she spends with her family, she farms vegetables and she raises chickens for subsequent sale in Cuenca’s free market.

This is her second loan cycle. Previous loans have made it possible for her to maintain her chicken hatchery and to buy feed for her chicks. The new loan from FUNDACIÓN ESPOIR will be used to buy chickens, corn and vitamins to enlarge her business.

Because she enjoys everything that has to do with cooking, her hope for the future is to have a small food stand to sell her delicious dishes.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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