A loan of $550 helped to buy chickens and chicken feed.


María Rosario's story

María is a member of the Maluay community bank. She lives in Maluay, in El Valle parish, in Cuenca. This is a cold-climate area and it is noted for its natural beauty and its architecture which is a mixture of colonial and modern buildings. The local people work in commerce, livestock raising and farming. They also work in different business activities in the city.

María is 34 years old, married, and has three children who are 12, 10 and 2 years old. Her two eldest children attend a local school. Her husband works in a tailor's workshop. They own their own home.

María takes care of her home and raises chickens and guinea pigs. She also farms. She grows vegetables and sells her harvests in her parish. In her free time, she makes Panama hats.

María has been a member of her community bank for three years and she will invest her new loan in buying chickens and chicken feed.

María's goal is to have a larger business.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard


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