A loan of $1,500 helped to buy chickens, medications, and feed for her chickens, and to pay for the labor for her husband’s harvest.

Rosa Esperanza's story

The “Amistad” communal bank meets every two weeks in the city of Tosagua. This place is known for being very dynamic, where most of the inhabitants devote themselves to agriculture and raising animals. It is an area with a lot of vegetation.

This is where we meet Rosa, age 60. She is married, and they have four adult children. One of them still lives in her house. Her husband devotes himself to agriculture.

Our friend has a small chicken farm at her house. She buys up to 200 chickens at a poultry market in the city. She raises them for three months. Then, when they have reached an adequate weight, she delivers them to merchants in her area, sells them by the pound at her house, or she also delivers to certain stores in the city. She tells us that her customers buy from her because, in addition to the feed she gives her chickens, she raises them on corn, which gives them the flavor of free-range chickens.

She will give part of the money from the loan to her husband to use on his crops. He needs to pay for the labor to collect the corn harvest.

She will use this loan to buy chickens, medications, and feed for her chickens. She will also pay for the labor for her husband’s harvest. She has been in her communal bank for 13 years. She likes it because of the help that the loans give.

Her dreams are to get ahead and to one day have a store.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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