A loan of $550 helped buy fertilizer and a cow.

Clara Beatriz's story

Clara is a member of the communal bank Mira. She lives in the Zhimdad parish in Cuenca, which is characterized by its natural beauty. Its people are farmers and ranchers, and many, especially the young people, work in the city doing different kinds of work. Clara is a 28-year-old single mother and has two children, ages 7 and 3. Her first son is studying in elementary school in town. She does not have her own home; rather she lives with her mother, sharing the household expenses. Her mother owns the home.

Clara is a farmer and her harvests are used only for the family’s consumption. She also raises cattle and sells the milk from the cows. She raises hens, guinea pigs that she sells to the community. She also makes rags (cloths used for cleaning).

This is her first loan with the communal bank that she joined on invitation by a good friend. She will use the loan to invest in a cow and fertilizer to improve her fields. Her goal is to raise more animals.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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