A loan of $550 helped to buy chickens.

Lucia Jacqueline's story

Señora Lucia is a member of the communal bank Maria Reina de la Paz. She lives in the city of Cuenca, a city whose beauty enchants its visitors. It has been a World Heritage site since 1999. The culture of its people and the traditions of its towns make it even more enchanting. Its gastronomic variety captivates the palates of its own people and of strangers.

Señora Lucia is 34 years old. She is married and has five children, ages 10, 8, 6, 4, and 1. Her three oldest children are in school. Her husband works as an industrial mechanic in his workshop. They do not have their own house, so they live in the house of her in-laws, but they live independently.

Doña Lucia raises and sells chickens. She has had this business for two years. She also sells clothing, shoes and perfumes, and she has been in this business for eight years. On weekends she works as a waitress.

This will be her second loan from the communal bank, and she is going to invest it in the purchase of chickens.

Her goal is to finish her house, which is now in construction.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry

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