A loan of $450 helped to buy pigs and pig feed.

María Esperanza's story

María is a member of the “Sociedad 12 de Abril” communal bank. She lives around Llacao Parish located in northeast Cuenca. Its name comes from the Quechua word “llacar” which means “releasing corn” and the word “cau” which means “corn about to be separated.” Llacao, then, means the removal of corn at the time of harvesting. Its residents are kind and work making crafts like straw hats, basketry and decorative ceramics.

María is 61 years old and a single mother of 2 children who are married adults now. One of them lives independently and her daughter lives with her and shares household expenses with her; the house she lives in is her property.

María works in a market in her city selling dry grains; she’s been in this business 30 years and works Sunday to Sunday with no fixed schedule. At home, she raises pigs and chickens to sell.

This is the second loan she’s taken with the communal bank and she will use it to buy pigs and pig feed. Her goal is to get ahead and to grow more with her businesses.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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