A loan of $775 helped to purchase chickens, pigs, guinea pigs, and animal feed.

María Concepción's story

María is a member of the Futuro para un Bienestar (Future for Well-Being) communal bank. She lives in the Racar community in Cuenca, where one can admire beautiful landscapes. Its people dedicate themselves to artisan work such as making tiles and bricks. Many work in the city in various activities, and they maintain the culture and tradition of their parents.

María is 47 years old. She is separated from her husband, and together they have 5 children aged 8, 12, 18, 19, and 25 years. Their oldest child is married and independent, their second-oldest works and helps out with the family finances, their third child is studying at a university in the city, their second-youngest child is in school, and their youngest child attends a little school in the city. The house in which she lives is the fruit of her labor.

María devotes her time to household chores and caring for her children. As she is at home, she raises and sells animals such as pigs, guinea pigs, and chickens.

She has been a member of the communal bank for 2 years, and with her new loan she will purchase chickens, pigs, guinea pigs, and animal feed.

Her goals are to finish her house and to have a restaurant.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Karen Monat

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