A loan of $900 helped purchase jewelry and pigs.

Martha Braulia's story

Martha C. is a member of El Aguacate (Avocado) community bank and lives in the community of the same name in the city of Cuenca. This city has a beautiful culture and tradition and is known for its great variety of gastronomy as well as having four rivers running through it. Martha works alongside her husband at their jewelry shop, an activity they have been doing for a number of years. She also makes a living selling pigs, a business she learned from her parents in which she now has a lot of experience. She enjoys the job because it earns income quickly, but the problem is it takes a lot of capital to buy the pigs at the start. Martha is 33 years old and her husband is 37. They have two children, ages 8 and 2. They don't own a home but live in a family member's home independently. Martha has been a member of her community bank for a year and four months and enjoys the loans since they are quick and don't have a lot of red tape. She plans on using half of the loan for her jewelry business and the other half to buy pigs. Her goal is to have a beauty shop.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein

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