A loan of $550 helped buy chickens and feed and medicine for them.


Johanna Lizbeth's story

The communal bank Esperanza Nueva (New Hope) meets in the city of Tosagua every fifteen days. This area is known for being very dynamic, with the majority of its residents working in agriculture and in raising animals, and for being a region with grand vegetation. Here we meet Johanna, who is 22 years old. She is single and studies at the Technical University of Manabi, where she is in the tenth semester of medical studies. She lives in her parents' house and has four brothers and sisters. She has already been in the communal bank for four cycles, and she likes it because of the ease of obtaining loans. Johanna raises chickens. She has a small farm in which she raises up to 100 chickens at a time for two to three months. Then she turns them over to local business people or to the stores in the area. Her parents help her with the work since it is through her work that she is able to finance her studies, which are very expensive. She buys the chickens at an incubator in Tosagua when they are small. This loan will be used to buy chickens, feed, and medicine for them. Johanna's dream is to graduate as a doctor and go to another country to study a specialty.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry


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