A loan of $775 helped purchase chickens and food for those chickens.

Herlinda Mariuxi's story

The María Inmaculada Communal Bank meets every two weeks in the La Sequita de Montecristi parish. The canton is known for their famous Panama hats, which are valued inside and outside of the country.

Herlinda lives in this area. She is 22 years old and married. She has one seven month old son. Her husband works in a factory in Manta.

She has a small part of her home where she sells chicken by the pound and by the feet. She also raises chickens. However, since she does not have many chickens, her neighbors buy them. That way, she helps them and she helps herself since they buy them at a good price. She’s able to earn a good profit. She works every day and all day because her business is in her house. She has had this business for 5 years and it is going well.

This loan is to purchase chickens for raising and food for those chickens. She has been a part of the communal bank for four cycles. She likes it because she gets along well with the other members.

She requested the loan to purchase more chicken in order to have lots for the upcoming holidays and parties. Nowadays, she is selling lots of her animals at very good prices. Since she started receiving these loans, she does not have to worry about asking other people for money and then taking the majority of her earnings. Now she has more money to repair her house and give the best to her son.

Her dream is to continue expanding her business.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lauren Jackson

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