A loan of $1,000 helped to buy chickens and feed.


María Graciela's story

The Junín communal bank meets in the Junín settlement every two weeks. This place is known for its friendly and hardworking people and because the best brandy in the province and all of Ecuador is distilled here.

María is 34 years old and is the single mother of three children, ages 18, 17, and 13. They all attend school. She’s been with the communal bank for three cycles and she likes it because the loans have helped her business greatly and has allowed her to get ahead with her children. In order to get ahead, she and her children built some pens where they raise pigs and coral birds. She buys the pigs when they are small, raises them for three or four months, and then sells them to merchants who visit the zone to buy these animals. She’s been doing this for more than eight years and it allows her to earn an honest living. She will use the money from this loan to buy chickens and also feed and medicine for the chickens and pigs. She has been with the communal bank for three cycles and she likes it because the loans help her greatly in her life.

Her dreams are to continue getting ahead and to be healthy.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes


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