A loan of $775 helped buy livestock and fertilizer.

Maria Paula's story

María Paula Y. is a member of the Zhidmad Communal Bank, which is to the southwest of the Gualaceo canton. The people there devote themselves to farming and livestock. What they produce is for their consumption. The women weave Panama hats made from the fibers of the “toquilla” plant, make jackets, and embroider “polleras” (skirts) and blouses.

Our member sells vegetables and medicinal plants. She has been doing this for 18 years on Tuesdays and Fridays. The other days of the week she devotes to raising chickens, guinea pigs, pigs and to farming. She makes her sales in her community or at a fair in the city of Cuenca.

María Paula is 52 years old, and she has been a widow for four years. She has seven children. Four of her children are married, and two of them live independently. Two of her married children live in María’s house. She helps her children with their expenses. Two of the three remaining children are in high school, and one is in elementary school. Through her work and sacrifice she was able to build her own house.

She has been a member for four years. The loans have helped her to continue growing in her business. The new loan is to buy livestock and fertilizer for her pasture.

Her goal is to one day be able to improve her little house.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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