A loan of $1,300 helped to buy milk.

Nelly Narcisa's story

The members of the Mejorando El Futuro communal bank meet every two weeks in a place called Tierras Amarillas, within the Rocafuerte settlement. This sector is known for its agriculture and most of its residents raise short cycle crops.

Here we meet Nelly. She is 49 years old, married, and has eight children from this relationship. Six of them are adults and two are ages 15 and 13. Four of their children live with them. The oldest studies at university and the others attend school. Her husband it a farmer.

Our friend works in partnership with one of her sons. They sell milk and cheese. She says that her son drives to farms in his car and picks up the milk that certain farmers produce, takes it home, and uses part of it to make delicious cheeses. They sell the rest to neighboring communities, along with the cheese that they made the day before. They work every morning and they have been doing this for 10 years. It provides a good income.

She will use the money from this loan to buy milk. She has been in the communal bank since it began. She’s the treasurer and she likes her fellow members because they are very united and responsible.

Her dreams are to continue forward and for her youngest children to complete their educations.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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