A loan of $1,200 helped acquire more pigs.

Maria Del Pilar's story

María sells pork products in front of her house. She lives in Guasmo de Guayaquil, an urban area where most of the residents are informal merchants.

When she was a young girl, her parents sold pork to support their family financially. When María got married, she decided to pursue the same line of work to support her own family. With a little bit of effort, she was able to buy some pigs and build her own pig pen. Now she works with the help of her children selling pork. She buys the pigs and later butchers them to sell the meat.

María sells the pork for $2.00 per pound. She will use the loan to buy more pigs to raise. In the future, she wants to have her own shop because she currently operates her business in her front yard.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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