A loan of $350 helped to buy chicks and cattle.

María Rosa's story

María’s a member of the “Señoras del Taguan” communal bank and lives in the community of San Bartolomé that belongs to Sígsig Canton located in the southeast of Azuay Province. Its economy is based on agriculture, manufacturing and commerce. Its residents preserve the culture and traditions of its peoples and are kind, pleasant people who strive daily to improve their economy.

María is 70-years-old, a widow and has four children who are all married adults living on their own. The house she lives in his hers.

María is under constant treatment because she has diabetes and she thanks God because all the members of her family are currently enjoying very good health.

She works in agriculture and the vegetables she grows are both to sell and for home consumption. She also raises chickens, pigs and cattle to sell. She learned these activities when she was still quite young and likes working in this activity because it’s made it possible for her to cover household expenses and to raise her family.

She used the money from her previous loan to buy chicks and animal feed. She was a little late in repaying it because of her illness but she’s now totally paid it back. She will use this loan to buy chicks and cattle to continue with her business. She likes her communal bank because the loans give her the opportunity to improve her business and her family’s life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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