A loan of $1,000 helped to buy supplies for her livestock business.

María Concepción's story

Maria Concepcion T. C., 58, lives in Bolivar province with her husband and children. She has 4 children.

The members of the GRUPO DE MUJERES CARBON CHINIPAMBA community bank meet in Carbon Chinipamba, some 20 minutes from our office. Most of the group's members make a living from farming, raising livestock or running small businesses. Some grow rice, beans, quinoa, potatoes, etc. and some raise dairy cows and other farm animals.

Maria farms two parcels of land where she grows potatoes, maize, peas, beans, corn, wheat and other crops. She also raises cattle, pigs and chickens. She buys the supplies she needs in the market at Guaranda and sells what she produces in the wholesale market there.

Maria is applying for a loan to buy animal feed and other supplies she needs for her livestock business. The loan will help her generate the income she needs to live. She faces challenges that include crop diseases and poor weather conditions. She wants to buy more cattle and more land for sowing her crops.

Maria enjoys her daily routine (cooking, washing) and the holidays around Carnaval and the Feast of Maria Auxiliadora.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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