A loan of $1,100 helped purchase chickens.

Aida María's story

Mejía is located a few kilometers outside of the city of Portoviejo, a city where most of the residents engage in farming activities such as growing and selling coconuts. The members of the Mejía Communal Bank meet every fifteen days.

Sra. Aida is 69 years old and has been a widow for several years. She has eight children, six sons and two daughters. All of her children are grown and live independently, but two of her children sleep at her house at night to keep her company.

Aida has a small poultry farm. She buys the chickens in Portoviejo when they are little and raises them for two to three months. Aida then sells them whole or by the pound to local residents either directly or through delivery. She also sells to stores. Aida works every day for two to three hours, caring for and feeding her animals.

Sra. Aida is a founding member of her Communal Bank and has always enjoyed the support it has provided her. This loan will be used to buy more chickens since she anticipates very good sales during the Christmas and New Year’s season. Her dream to have a larger poultry farm.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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