A loan of $350 helped buy guinea pigs and hens to raise, plus feed for her animals.

Rosa Edelmira De Jesús's story

Rosa is a member of “Las Toquilleras” (The Knitters) communal bank and lives in Sigsig canton, located southeast of Cuenca city. It has tourist attractions such as the Municipal Archeological Museum, artisan products woven from the local reeds, and excellent agricultural production and fruits, leading growers to hold annual festivals and competitions to select the best plantations and producers, especially of apples.

Rosa is 65 years old, married, and the union has conceived 9 children, all of whom are now adults. Eight are married and living independently. Her single daughter studies at a little school in the locality. Rosa's husband is dedicated to agriculture. They own their own home.

Rosa makes hats from the local reeds, an activity she has done since a very young age. She learned the trade from her parents. Rosa also raises guinea pigs, hens and pigs, and sells them when the economic need arises.

Rosa is in her 3rd loan cycle through her communal bank, and she will use the loan to buy guinea pigs, hens, and feed for her animals.

Rosa's goal is to have a larger breeding place for her animals.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD

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