A loan helped to buy piglets, feed and medicine.

Shirley Leticia's story

In a place with the name of Pachinche in the city of Portoviejo’s Colon Parish, a place known for its hard working people dedicated to farming and raising livestock, the “Damas Emprendedoras De Pachinche” (Enterprising Ladies of Pachinche) communal bank meets every two weeks.

We met Shirley, 37, in this place. She’s in a relationship and has three children who are 15, 12 and 9 years old. The two oldest are in secondary school and the youngest goes to elementary school. Her husband’s a cabinet maker.

She is a housewife. In order to earn her own income she does embroidery. She does these items based on orders that a woman from the city of Chone places with her and comes by her house every two weeks to buy what she’s made to date and to leave behind other designs and orders for the next two weeks. She wants to use this loan to start raising farm animals. She wants to start with pigs and has built a small corral for this purpose.

The loan is to buy piglets, feed and medicine so that they will develop properly. She’s been in the communal bank since its inception and she’s the bank Treasurer. She likes it because of the help both she and her fellow members get to make their dreams of becoming micro businesswomen a reality. Her dream is to own a micro business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz.

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