A loan of $675 helped purchase sod and fertilizer to improve her pastures.

María Zoila's story

Mrs. María is a member of the Tocte Community Bank. She lives in Tocte, a place surrounded by natural beauty. The people there have maintained their culture and traditions. Most of the community members work in agriculture and raising animals. Others make hand-crafted goods or go into the city for work.

María is 57, and she and her husband have seven adult children, all of whom are married and independent. Currently they live with two of their grandchildren, 11 and 9 respectively, who are studying at the local school. Her husband works in agriculture, and they home they live in is on their property.

María also works in agriculture. Though much of what she grows is for household consumption, she sells the excess crops. She also raises guinea pigs, pigs, chickens, and cows, which she sells when she is in financial need.

This will be her third loan with the community bank, and she will use the money to buy sod and fertilizer to improve her pastures.

Her goal is to raise more animals.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patrick King

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