A loan of $1,100 helped to buy chickens.

Celia María's story

Celia María C. is a member of the communal bank Damas Responsables (Responsible Women) and lives in the Visorrey area of the city of Cuenca. The city is known for maintaining its own culture and traditions, and its historical center was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site on December 1, 1999.

Celia is 70 years old, married, and has 11 adult children, seven of whom are married and live in her house sharing the costs. Her four unmarried children work and also contribute to the household finances. Her husband is retired and spends his time in the house, which they own and built together.

Celia does the household chores in their home, in which she raises guinea pigs, chickens, and pigs that she sells when she has the need. She is also involved in farming, sowing corn and vegetables which are used to feed her large family. She sells the chickens in the city markets.

She has been a member of the communal bank for six years and all of the loans have benefitted her business. The new loan she is taking through the communal bank will be used to buy chickens.

Her goal is to continue growing her business and maintain her health.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lauren Fischetti

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