A loan of $700 helped to buy chickens as well as feed and medicine for them.

Rosario Del Carmen's story

The members of Agrupación 24 De Mayo Communal Bank meet every 15 days in Rocafuerte canton. This place is known for the delicious sweets its inhabitants prepare, which are appreciated throughout the country.

We meet Sra. Rosario here. She is 57 years old, married and has five children, all now adults and one of whom still lives with her. Her husband is a driver and works for the local government.

Our friend, in order to earn something on her own without having to leave her house, built a small shed a few years ago where she raises chickens. She purchases the chicks at a shop downtown in the city and then cares for them for three months, sufficient time for them to grow nicely, and then sells them either by the pound or live to merchants and individuals in the town.

This loan is to purchase chickens and feed and medicine for them so they grow well. She has been a member of her communal bank since its inception and enjoys it because the loans are quick and do not have so many requirements.

Her dreams are to buy a car and fix up her house.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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