A loan of $550 helped to buy chickens and chicken feed.

María Carmita's story

María is a member of the "Futuro para un Bienestar" communal bank. She lives in the community of Racar near Cuenca, a place where one can admire beautiful scenery. People make their living in crafts, such as making bricks and roof tiles. Many work in the city in various livelihoods, while maintaining the culture and traditions of their forefathers.

María is 38, married, and has three children ages 16, 9 and 4. Her eldest daughter is in high school, and her second child goes to a small local school. Her husband works in construction as a bricklayer. She doesn't have her own house, so she rents.

She works at various activities, working other people's land, or doing their laundry. She has been in the communal bank for a year, and she is going to use her loan to buy chickens and chicken feed, and start a chicken-raising business. Her dream is to have her own house.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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