A loan of $450 helped to buy chickens.

Rosa Elena's story

Señora Rosa Z. is a member of the San José communal bank. She lives in the community of Ingapirca, which belongs to the parish of Santa Ana. This parish is located some 18km from the city of Cuenca, and boasts the Mama Tepal hill, which is a beautiful natural viewpoint from where tourists can see the city of Cuenca and part of the city of Azogues. Señora Rosa's main economic activity is agriculture and raising animals, with most of the produce used to sustain her family.

Señora Rosa, age 36, is married and has 5 children, aged 18, 15, 13, 10, and 7 years old. Her eldest daughter is employed as a domestic servant, and helps out with the household expenses; she is also studying dressmaking. Her second child, a son, also works and helps with expenses, and is also studying at secondary school some distance away. Her two younger sons attend a local school, and her husband works in construction, being a master builder. Alongside his work, he has also succeeded in building their own house.

Señora Rosa has been emloyed as a domestic servant for the past 6 months. She works from 8am until 4pm, just 2 days a week. The rest of her time she dedicates to looking after her children. She makes the most of the time she spends at home by raising chickens and guinea-pigs, both for sale and for the family's own consumption.

This is her second loan through the communal bank. She was invited to join by a friend. this new loan will be invested in the purchase of more chickens to raise. Her goal is to buy a milk cow.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Rosa Oswald

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