A loan of $1,100 helped to buy pigs, guinea-pigs, seeds and manure.


María Nieves's story

María is a member of the “Nuevos Horizontes” (New Horizons) communal bank. She lives in downtown Cuenca, a city noted for the beauty of its historic city center which blends the colonial with the modern and which led to it’s being designated a Cultural Heritage of Humanity in December, 1999. Its varied cuisine enchants the palates of locals and foreigners alike and its residents are kind, polite, warmhearted people.

María is 48-years-old, divorced and the mother of seven children. Four of them are already married and live on their own, one of her sons works and helps her economically, one son attends secondary school and her youngest attends a little school in the city. The house she lives in is hers.

María has gastritis so she’s in constant treatment but all the other members of her family enjoy very good health.

Our member works raising animals and in agriculture, an activity she’s been doing since she was very young following her parents’ example and now it the source of income to cover her household expenses. She used the money from her previous loan to buy manure but her harvest was damaged by the winter and she fell behind a little with her payments but she’s now repaid it totally. She will use her new loan to buy pigs, guinea-pigs, seeds and manure for her crops.

She likes the communal bank because they are a united, mutually supportive group that support each other in order to get ahead. Her goal is to continue growing in her business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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