A loan of $1,300 helped to buy chicks and feed for them.


Maryuri Alexandra's story

The “Damas de Agua Fría” (Agua Fría Ladies) meets every two weeks in Ayacucho Parish in Santa Ana Canton, a place known for its beautiful fresh-water resorts that are a great tourist attraction in the canton and province. Maryuri, 38, lives here. She’s in a free union and has four children who are 20, 18, 16 and 10 years old. Her oldest attends university, two are in secondary school and the youngest attends elementary school. Her husband is a laborer.

To earn her own income to cover her children’s educational expenses since her husband does not earn very much, Maryuri works buying and selling chicken. She works every day because from Monday through Friday she sells at home in a small, improvised space she sets up and on Saturdays and Sundays she sets up a stand in the Ayacucho market since those two days are market days there. She sells the chickens whole and by the pound. She buys them from a local farm that her husband works at. She’s been doing this for more than 7 years and does very well.

This loan is to buy chickens and also feed for some chickens because she’s also raising some in a small farm she built. She’s been in the communal bank since its beginning and likes it because of the help the bank provides. Her dream is to have a great local business or a cold-storage unit.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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