A loan of $675 helped to buy chickens, pigs and guinea pigs.

María Rosa's story

María V. is a member of the "Nueva Amistad" (New Friendship) community bank. She lives in San Capa community which is in Cumbe parish. This parish is noted for its fields full of crops since its residents work in agriculture and livestock farming. Many of its people find work in the city to help their household incomes.

María is 65 years old. She is a single mother and has 5 grown-up children. All of her children are married and live independently. Maria lives in her own home with her 14 year-old grandson who studies at a school in the city.

Maria works as a farmer, growing vegetables. She also raises chickens, guinea pigs and cattle. She sells her cows' milk to the milk trucks that pass through her area and she sells all of her animals in her community.

Maria is a founding member of her community bank and she likes it because she has some very good friends in the group. She will invest her loan money in buying animals such as chickens, pigs, etc. Her goal is to have more animals to raise.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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