A loan of $1,000 helped to buy hens, pigs and guinea pigs.

María Auxiliadora's story

María is a member of the 'Barrio Sucre' community bank. She lives in Cumbe parish, in Cuenca, which is surrounded by large tracts of pasture land belonging to cattle farms. There are old ranches and modern buildings which don't have the charm of traditional architecture but which provide the landscape with variety. The local people keep the traditions and cultures of their villages alive and are noted for being friendly, kind and very charming people.

María is 48 years old, married, and has six children from her marriage. Four of her children are married and live independently. Her two youngest children are 18 and 14 years old and attend a high school in the city. Her husband works as a builder. They own the house in which they live.

María is an animal trader who has been selling and raising guinea pigs, pigs and hens for the past 20 years. She only works in this business on market days. She has been a member of her community bank for 15 years and she will invest her new loan in buying hens, pigs and guinea pigs to grow her business. Her goal is to grow her business.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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