A loan of $1,100 helped to buy chickens and essential goods.

Rosa Etelvina's story

Mrs. Rosa is a member of the communal bank LA ESQUINA. She lives in the Miraflores Parish in Cuenca, which has beautiful places to visit and whose people are involved in agriculure, livestock farming and commerce. Many local people work in different businesses in the city of Cuenca.

Rosa, 60, is married and has two adult children, one of whom is married and independent. Her single daughter works and helps out economically. Her husband is a wage-earner and they own the house they live in.

Rosa says she is recovering satisfactorily from an operation she had six months ago and her family is healthy.

She has been running a grocery store for ten years and also raises and sells chickens. Her independent work allows her to spend time at home taking care of the family, and also provides an income for the household.

She used the previous loan to buy products for her store and chickens. She fell behind on some of the loan payments due to the operation, but she was able to catch up and paid it off on time. She plans to use the new loan to buy chickens and more essential goods for the store since business is going very well. She likes the communal bank because of the fellowship and attention she receives from her loan counselor.

Her goal is to grow and expand her store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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