A loan of $450 helped to buy a cow.

María Trancito's story

Mrs. María G. is a member of the Poloma communal bank located in Valle parish. This is a cold climate parish in southwest Cuenca. As a tourist attraction it has a sector known as El Verde which was a hill sacred to the Cañari people (ancient inhabitants of the territory of the modern provinces of Azuay and Cañar) from which one can observe a great deal of Cuenca. Its people maintain its traditions and culture.

María is 35 years old, married and has six children who are 15, 12, 11, 8, 4 and 2 years of age. Her oldest son works and helps with family expenses. Her next three children are in school and the last two are in day care. Her husband is a master builder and works as a bricklayer. They own their house which they have built through their work as a couple.

María has been a craftswoman for 16 years making Panama hats. She learned this skill from her parents. She also raises pigs, guinea pigs and chickens to sell and for home consumption.

She is in her 4th loan with the communal bank. She will use the new loan to buy a cow to add to her herd. Her goal is to do some needed home repairs.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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