A loan of $1,400 helped to adapt the guinea pigs' shed, to buy animal feed, and to purchase fifty pedigree guinea pigs for reproduction.


María Esthela's story

María is thirty-two years old and quite a social woman. She is very responsible with her work in order to get her family ahead and lives with her four children in Atuntaqui which is located near Ibarra. María works alone raising guinea pigs to sell. She's worked in this business for 5 years already, and thanks to the loans has gone on growing constantly, which allows her to support her children as it's her only source of income. María needs to expand the shed to increase her number of animals. She will use the loan she's requesting from Fodemi to adjust the guinea pigs' shed, buy animal feed, and purchase fifty pedigree guinea pigs for reproduction. With this investment María will be able to have a greater number of guinea pigs and will increase her sales and earnings. María dreams of improving her quality of life and also that her business will be a family company and able to distribute to large companies.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Shannon Birk



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