A loan of $1,100 helped to buy chicks, feed and medicine for them.

Angela Celinda's story

The members of the “Nueva Luz” (New Light) communal bank meet every two weeks in the city of Santa Ana known for its beautiful scenery and for its beautiful fresh water resorts that are visited by many tourists.

Celinda, 59, lives here. Her husband passed away several years ago but she has three children. Two are adults and only her youngest daughter lives with her. She is a teacher at a local school.

In order to help herself meet household expenses and cover her daughter’s educational costs, she has a small chicken farm at home. She buys the chicks from some laboratories and raises them. After three months she sells them to some of the local stores and also door to door either whole or by the pound. She works her farm three or four hours in the afternoon with help from an employee she pays a salary to. She’s had the business for 8 years already and she’s managed to stay in business even though sometimes she hasn’t done too well but she’s nevertheless managed to get ahead with perseverance.

She will use this loan to buy more chicks, feed and medicine for them. She’s been in the communal bank since its beginning. She is its President and she likes it because of the benefits she gets from the institution. Her dream is to have a much larger, more technological, farm.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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