A loan of $1,100 helped to purchase poultry, fertilizers and other agricultural materials.

Lucia Milerna's story

In the community of 30 de Septiembre in the Rocafuerte city the members of the communal bank named Plazoleta Eloy Alfaro meets every two weeks. This region is known for its delicious sweets prepared by the locals and they are known throughout the country.

Here we meet Lucia. She is 47 years old and she is married common-law, the relationship with whom she has three children: one is an adult and the others are 16 and 9 years of age. They are both going to school. Her husband is an agriculturist.

She raises chickens and hens but aside from this business she will also use her loan to invest in the plantations that are managed by her husband. The entire family helps to cultivate corn, peanuts, watermelons and they are now working on a plot of land to harvest melons. She works at her livestock business every day. She keeps her little animals for two months and later she sells them to stores and clients who visit her house. As far as their agriculture business is concerned, her husband and children work from Monday to Friday from 7am to 1pm. When the produce is ready for harvest, merchants come to the plantations to buy.

This loan will be used to purchase poultry, fertilizers and other agricultural materials. It is the time of year when the seeds are set down to take advantage of the winter. She has been a member of her communal bank for the past 8 loan cycles and she enjoys it for the support her peers are able to provide her. Her dream is to see her children grow up to have careers.

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