A loan of $900 helped to purchase chickens and medicine and feed for the chickens.

Jenny Maribel's story

On the outskirts of Portoviejo on the road to Manta, the community bank 'San Pedro' meets every fortnight. This group works in agriculture and raises animals.

Jenny is the founding member of the community bank and she likes the group because it has given her a lot of help to continue running her business. Jenny is 40 years of age, married and has four children with her husband, a driver, two of whom are now adults. The other two children are 12 and 7 years old and go to school. Three of her children live with her.

Jenny raises poultry and runs a small chicken farm. She tells us that she buys between one hundred and two hundred chickens seasonally, which she raises for two to three months until they are ready to sell. When they are ready she delivers them to merchants who come to purchase the chickens from her home. She also delivers the chickens to stores in Portoviejo and sells them by the pound in her neighbourhood. She spends three to four hours every day feeding and caring for her animals and then almost the whole day when she has to deliver them to be sold.

She will use this new loan to purchase chickens and feed and medicine so that they grow strong and healthy.

Her dream is to live in a well built home.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Suzanne Grasso

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