A loan of $1,200 helped to buy chickens, clothing, footwear.

Clara Gabriela's story

35-year old Clara García lives in Playas, Ecuador. She started her current business seven years ago. Before that, she raised and sold chickens but stopped when she began to have problems with her hands caused by the hot water she used to pluck the chickens.

Clara now earns a living selling clothing and has gradually expanded her business and number of customers. Also, a few months ago, she started raising and selling chickens again. She does this work on a daily basis. She delivers the chickens as well as other items on credit for two or three days. Then every two weeks or at month end she collects the money she is owed. Her children help her with the chickens.

With the loan Clara wants to buy chickens and clothing. One of her dreams is to have a more comfortable house for herself and her family, for her children above all. Another dream is to have a place in her home from which to sell clothing and chicken by weight.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A

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