A loan of $900 helped to buy chicks and feed for them.

Leifa Del Carmen's story

The members of the “Mejía” communal bank meet every two weeks in Mejía located a few kilometers from the city of Portoviejo, a city dedicated in large part to agriculture and to growing and selling coconuts. Leifa Del Carmen, 49, lives here. She’s married and has four children who are all adults now; none of them still live with her but she is raising her seven-year-old grandson who attends school. Her husband works in agriculture.

Leifa Del Carmen is a housewife who in order to help cover household expenses has had to work raising chickens. She has a small farm and every three months she buys chicks to raise for two to three months and once they reach adequate weight she sells them either live or by the pound. She sells to merchants and also sells at home to her local neighbors. She buys the chicks from an incubator in Portoviejo and has been in this line of work for more than 14 years; she likes it because she can earn a little without having to leave home and with a minimum of effort.

This loan is to buy more chicks and feed for them since the Christmas and New Year’s season is approaching and she sells quite a bit those days at good prices. She’s been in the communal bank for 9 years and likes it because the institution always follows through with the members. Her dream is to have another shed in order to house more chicks.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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