A loan of $600 helped to expand her business and buy chicken to farm and sell.

Reina Del Rocio's story

Reina del Rocio H. R. is 37, lives in a common-law marriage and has three children (Héctor Moreira is 20, Tamara Moreira 17 and José Moreira 15 years old). She lives in the canton of Chillanes in the province of Bolívar.

Reina del Rocio is a member of the rural communal bank Unidos Somos Más ("United We Are More"). This new branch belongs to the community of Matilde Esther in the province of Guayas. This community is located 2 hours from the Chillanes office in the province of Bolívar. The group has 23 members who are busy in various activities, such as agriculture, livestock rearing, small restaurants and cafeterias.

Reina del Rocio has had a restaurant for 9 years. She applies for this loan to expand her business and to buy chicken to farm and sell. She will buy her supplies in Matilde Esther. Thanks to the loan she will be able to improve her service level.

At this moment she rents a house. Her dream is to own her house where she can have her restaurant. She has to overcome a few challenges: minor health problems, education, and a drop in sales during the holiday season.

In her spare time she likes to rest and watch television. She also likes to attend the popular festivities that are celebrated every year on December 8 and July 22.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Robert Mouris

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