A loan of $675 helped to buy chickens and feed for her animals.

Aurelia Beatriz's story

Aurelia is on her second loan with the Sector 3 Marías communal bank. She lives in the Turi parish in Cuenca. "Turi" come from the indigenous word "kuri", which means "gold". It has the characteristics of a typical rural communities of the region: a plaza, a church, and buildings that are worth visiting for their architectural beauty. Its people still keep the flames of their culture and tradition alive.

Aurelia is married and 42 years old. They have six children, aged 21, 18, 15, 14, 9, and 4. They oldest three work and do distance learning. her fourth, a daughter goes to high school, her fifth, a son is going to a local elementary school, and her youngest is at home. Her husband is a driver and they house they live in is the fruit of their marriage.

Aurelia spends most of her time caring for her family. To contribute to her family's finances, she cultivates her land. She sells the vegetables she harvests and also raises animals such as cows, chickens and guinea pigs.

She is going to invest in buying chickens and feed for all of her animals. Her goal is to enlarge her business by making bigger sheds to raise chickens in.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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