A loan of $1,100 helped to purchase guinea pigs and pigs.

Elvia Yolanda's story

Elvia is a member of the Las Toquilleras communal bank. She lives in Sigsig canton, which is located to the southwest of the city of Cuenca. It has tourist attractions such as its Municipal Archeological Museum, traditional crafts made from toquilla straw, and excellent fruit and agricultural products. This agricultural production has led the farmers to hold annual festivals and contests to identify the best plantations and production, especially of apples.

Elvia is 43 years old, is married, and has eight children from her marriage. Her children are 23, 21, 18, 16, 14, 12, 9, and 7 years old. Her oldest two children work and help her out economically. Four of her children attend a local secondary school, and her youngest two children attend primary school. Her husband is a driver by trade and works driving a dump truck. She owns the house in which she lives.

Elvia works from her home making Panama hats. This is a skill that she learned when she was a child, since her mother taught her the craft. She also raises guinea pigs, pigs, and chickens.

This is the second loan that she is taking through the communal bank, which she joined at the invitation of her sister-in-law. She is going to use this loan to purchase pigs and guinea pigs.

Her goal is to have a shop where she can sell her traditional crafts.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Nancy Leveson

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