A loan of $1,500 helped to buy feed.

Angela Margarita's story

The “Mujeres Solidarias Exitosas” communal bank meets every two weeks in the business district of the city of Portoviejo, a city known as the City of the Royal Tamarinds, due to the large number of this fruit during colonial times.

Ángela lives here. She’s 38 years old, married, and has six children, ages 21, 19, 16, 14, 12 and 8. The four youngest live at home and attend high school. The youngest attends elementary school. Her husband raises livestock.

She and her husband sell milk and cheese that they make themselves. He also buys and sells livestock. Her husband gets up early in the morning to milk the cows and then sells the milk around the city. He leaves some of the milk at home and prepares the cheese in the evening. They work together daily and have been doing this for more than 13 years. They get ahead this way.

She will use the money from this loan to buy livestock feed and feed for coral birds that she also raises. She’s been part of the communal bank almost since the beginning and likes it because they help her a lot during these times.

Her dreams are to have her own farm. The one they work on belongs to another gentleman and they care for it.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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