A loan of $1,100 helped to buy a sow and chicken feed.

Odixa Margartita's story

The members of the “Crucita” communal bank meet in Portoviejo Canton’s Crucita Parish. This location is known for the beautiful beaches that surround it that are very popular with national and foreign tourists. It is called “Crucita la Bella” (Crucita the Beautiful).

Odixa is a founding member of the communal bank and she likes it because with the loans she’s been able to enlarge her business and because of the benefits she gets from the bank. She’s 39 years old, married and has two children: a 20-year-old son and an 11-year-old daughter who go to the university and secondary school, respectively. Her husband has a chicken ranch.

She and her husband raise chickens. She tells us that they introduce up to 200 chicks a month which they keep for two months to then butcher and sell to local stores and to stores in Portoviejo. They work every day feeding and caring for them in order to have a good production because they say these little animals require lots of care because if not, they suffer many losses because they are very delicate. She tells us that on this occasion she wants to buy a pregnant sow to start raising pigs too. She’s been in business for over 8 years and has always done well.

This loan is to buy a sow to start raising these little animals and to buy chicken feed. Her dream is to own a car to transport her products to other cities.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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