A loan of $1,000 helped to purchase chickens, guinea pigs, and pigs.

Rosa Elvira's story

Rosa is a member of the Feria Libre community bank. She lives in the San Pedro del Cebollar neighborhood of Cuenca, an area known for its beautiful view of the city of Cuenca. The people work in agriculture, raising animals, and commerce. They are friendly, gentle, warm-hearted people who maintain the culture and traditions of their communities.

Rosa is 64 years old, separated from her husband, and has ten children who are all adults. Five of them are married and live independently, three are single, work, and help financially, and two study at the university in the city. She owns the house that she lives in.

Rosa works in agriculture. She plants vegetables and sells her harvests, and also buys for resale. She also raises various animals, an activity she has done since she was very young. She commented that her sacrifice has been worth the pain since some of her children are professionals and other are close to starting at the university.

She invested her last loan in paying for her children's university studies, and she paid back the loan on time. She will use this new loan to purchase chickens, guinea pigs, and pigs.

She likes her community bank because the group is very organized, they share pleasant moments at each meeting, and because she receives personal attention from the loan provider.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eileen Lloyd

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