A loan of $900 helped to buy chicks, guinea pigs, seeds and manure.


Mónica Susana's story

Mónica is an active member of the “14 de Agosto” communal bank. She lives in Zhidmad Parish in Cuenca. Its topography is quite fractured which gives it picturesque scenery. Its people are proud to retain their culture and traditions. They work in agriculture, animal husbandry and many of them have various jobs in the city.

Mónica, 20, is a single mother of an 11-month-old son. She lives in her parents’ house and shares household expenses. Her father is a private employee and her mother works doing the household chores. The house she lives in is her parents’ property.

At present, she’s undergoing treatment for sinusitis and hopes that her health will improve. Her family is all enjoying good health for the moment.

Mónica is working as a cook in a restaurant in the city and at home she raises animals that her mother helps her care for when she’s at work. She sells her animals when they have gotten fat enough. She also works in agriculture. She grows vegetables that she goes out to sell two days a week in a local market. These activities make it possible for her to contribute to household economy.

She is repeating the loan. She used the previous one to buy vegetables and animal feed and earned good profits from this; she had no problem repaying the loan on the indicated dates. She will use the new loan to buy chicks, guinea pigs, seeds and manure to continue with her economic activities. She enjoys the communal bank because of the educational chats they give at each meeting.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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