A loan of $675 helped to buy basic staple items and to buy pigs.

Mercedes Maria's story

Mercedes is a member of the “El Aguacate” (Avocado) communal bank. She lives in a beautiful part of Cuenca, a city known as “Santa Ana de los 4 Ríos” [Santa Ana of the Four Rivers]. Since December, 1999, it’s been a Cultural Patrimony of Humanity. It has great natural and cultural riches and its residents maintain the culture and traditions of its peoples.

Mercedes is 64 years old and a widow but she had five children who are all now adults. Four of them are married and live independently and her single son works and helps her economically. The house she lives in is her property.

Mercedes has had a grocery store for ten years. She works there Sunday to Sunday with no fixed work schedule. She also raises barnyard fowl and guinea pigs.

She’s in her fifth loan with the communal bank and will use it to buy stock staple items for the store and to buy pigs to raise. Her goal is to enlarge her store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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