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

Celia María's story

Celia is a member of Damas Responsables Communal Bank. She lives in the city of Cuenca, which is known as the Athens of Ecuador. It is the cultural city of the country. Its beautiful urban landscape is harmonious with the geographic environment. Its historic center is the biggest and best preserved in the country. Charmingly, it keeps the keys to the past. There, people and flowers and handicrafts mingle: textiles, embroidery, ceramics, goldsmithing, silversmithing, and hats of toquilla fiber [panama hats].

Celia, 72, is married, and from this union has conceived 11 children, all of whom are of age. Six of them are married and live independently. Her five single children work for their personal expenses. Her husband stays at home because he is retired. The house in which they live is their own property, the fruit of their labor as a couple.

Celia works in the home and raising cows, guinea pigs, and chickens, which she sells when she has some financial need. She also makes panama hats, work she learned when she was 18 years old.

She has been a member of the communal bank for ten years. She is going to invest her new loan in buying guinea pigs and chickens to continue raising them.

Her dream is to travel to New York.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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