A loan of $600 helped to buy chickens and chicken and pig feed.

María Encarnación's story

In the canton of Rocafuerte, the members of the communal bank, "Trabajando para un Futuro" [Working for a Future] meet every two weeks. This place is known for its delicious sweets that the townspeople make that are known throughout the entire country. It is also known for the warmth of its friendly and hard-working people.

Señora María lives here. She is 57 and is separated, but she has 5 children from her marriage who are all adults. One of them still lives with her.

To get ahead on her own, our friend makes a living by raising chickens and pigs. She has a small farm at her home for the chickens and a corral for the pigs. She buys the chickens by the box when they are young, and she raises them for 3 months and then either sells them live or by the pound to her neighbors, or she delivers them to the merchants at stores in the area. She does the same with the pigs except she always delivers them to merchants who come to her house when she has an animal to sell. She works every day from 2 to 3 hours a day since this is something that doesn't take up a lot of her time.

She will use this loan to buy chickens and chicken and pig feed. She is a founding member of the communal bank, and she likes it because of the help that the loans give her. Her dream is to have a bigger farm and a car.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tanya Harper

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