A loan of $1,300 helped to purchase chickens, guinea pigs and pigs.


Rosa Gerardina's story

Rosa is a member of the El Cisne communal bank. She lives in the El Vallle parish in Cuenca. This place has a geography that creates landscapes that stay in your memory. Its people are hardworking and work selling things, raising animals and in farming. Many of them work in the city. Rosa is 35 years old. She is married and has 5 children, aged 21, 18, 16, 7, and 3 yearsold. Her oldest works and goes to high school. The next two work and help her financially, and her fourth son goes to a primary school in the city. Her husband works in construction as a bricklayer and they own the house they live in. Rosa thanks God for her health, since if she wasn't healthy, she wouldn't be able to work. Her family also is in good health. She raises small animals such as chickens, guinea pigs and pigs. This allows her to contribute to the household expenses. She has been doing this for 10 years. With the previous loan, she bought chickens, guinea pigs and pigs to keep growing in this activity. She income she earned was a lot of help for various household expenses and she is very happy about that. She paid off that loan without any trouble on by the indicated time. She is going to invest the new loan in buying guinea pigs, chickens and pigs to keep growing in this business. She likes the communal bank because she receives personal attention from the consultant.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue


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