A loan of $1,500 helped to buy guinea pigs and chickens.

Celia María's story

Celia is a member of the communal bank Damas Responsables. She lives in the city of Cuenca, which has a cold climate. There are many places to enjoy the countryside and nature. Since 1999 it has been a World Heritage Site. The people are friendly and gentle, and they still maintain the culture and traditions of their villages.

Celia is 72 years old, is married, and has eleven adult children, six of whom are married and living independently; her five single children work to support themselves. Her husband is retired and stays home. They own their home, which is the fruit of their work together. She is very content since she is successfully recuperating from a fall that she suffered. The other members of the family enjoy very good health.

She raises and sells animals, and she has been doing this for 30 years. She also does other kinds of work, which allows her to improve her family's financial situation. Having her own business has allowed her to stay close to her family. She used her previous loan to purchase animals for her business, and the profit she obtained was very helpful, as she had to buy medicines to improve her health. For this reason, she was a little late in repaying her previous loan. Her new loan is to buy guinea pigs and chickens. She likes the communal bank because all of the members are very kind and understanding.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kevin Bohnert

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