A loan of $1,100 helped to buy chickens, feed and medicine for chickens and pigs.

Jesús Lucinda's story

The María Auxiliadora (Mary Help of Christians) Loan Group meets in La Sequita parish, which belongs to Montecristi Canton, a flourishing canton in Manabi, known as the birthplace of the Viejo Luchador ("Old Fighter" and a former president of Ecuador) Eloy Alfaro, and known for its famous Panama hats, which are known in and outside of the country.

Jesús lives here. She is 43 years old, married and has four children. Two of them are grown, and the other two are 16 and 14 years old. They all live in her house and attend high school and the University. Her husband is a bricklayer.

Jesús takes care of their home and raises their pigs and chickens. She buys them when they are little, keeps them for three to four months until they reach a good size, and then she sells them to businesspeople who come to her house. They take the animals to the different markets in the city to sell the meat. Jesús works everyday caring for and feeding the animals, and her children help her when they are not busy.

She will use this loan to buy chickens, feed and medicine for both chickens and pigs. She is a founding member of the Loan Group, and she likes it because the interest rates are lower than at other loan institutions.

Her dreams are for her children to finish their studies and become professionals.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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