A loan of $600 helped to buy supplies for her livestock business.

María Concepción's story

Maria Concepcion C. R., 51, lives in Bolivar province with her husband and children. She has 2 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 four parcels of land where she grows potatoes, maize, peas, beans, corn, wheat and other crops. She also has 8 head of cattle, along with pigs and sheep. 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 build a solid house of cement and buy more land for sowing her crops.

Maria enjoys knitting, spending time with her family and the celebrating at holidays.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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