A loan of $3,925 helped a member to buy feed and medicines for her chickens.

San Antonio De Higuerón Afuera (Portoviejo) Group's story

At the site called “Higuerón” in the city of Portoviejo, fourteen women and one man who make up the Communal Bank “San Antonio de Higuerón Afuera” meet every fifteen days. They engage in a variety of business activities such as general retail, providing services, and other trades. The members have discovered the benefits of the organization since they made the decision to join. They have already participated in two loan cycles with Fundación ESPOIR.

Sra. María Eudocia is a founding member of the Communal Bank. She likes the seriousness and punctuality that the organization has demonstrated when dealing with their clients. María Eudocia is 63 years old and has been widowed for several years since her life companion passed away. She has six grown children, one of whom lives with her.

To earn a living, María Eudocia raises pigs and chickens from a small farm established in her home. She buys chickens by the crate when the animals are small and raises them for a three-month period before selling them individually or by the pound to neighbors and merchants from the local markets. In the afternoons, María Eudocia also makes snacks such as empanadas, juices, and soft drinks. She takes advantage of the outskirts of town where there is a volleyball court. All of her neighbors from the town gather there in the evenings.

This loan will be used to buy feed and medicines for her chickens. María Eudocia dreams of having a larger farm and good health for herself and her loved ones.

In this group: María Vanessa, Angela Johanna, Evelyn María*, Nelly Mercedes, Ana Maricela, Karina Elizabeth*, Geomara Libeth, Isas Augusto, María Eudocia, Ligia Mercedes, Letty Sonali, Eulalia Bernalda, Arely Rocio, Neri Yolanda, Mayra Cecilia
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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