A loan of $900 helped purchase peanuts, chickens, and animal feed.

Rosa Benilda's story

The communal bank Quiroga meets every two weeks in Quiroga parish in the city Calceta. The people of this area, by and large, farm, raise animals, and sell their products. This is where we met Sra. Rosa. Rosa, 47, lives with her partner, but even after living together for years she has not been able to have children. Her nephew, that she has raised since he was little, lives with her and is like a son. He now an adult. Her husband works in construction.

Sra. Rosa is good housewife who helps her husband with the household expenses by working two jobs. She buys and sells peanuts. She buys the product as a grain from merchants in Calceta, brings them home, cooks and grinds them and then gives them to her sister who takes them to Santo Domingo. Her sister delivers them to customers or stores in the area. It's said that she sells her product at a good price. Her other job is raising animals in a pen. This is another way she makes some money. She works alone for 7 hours a day.

This loan is to purchase peanuts, chickens, and feed that will help them grow. This is her sixth period with the Communal Bank and she likes it because her companions do what they say they are going to do. She dreams of having her own car and for her and her family to be in good health.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Shelly Hubman

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