A loan of $550 helped to buy cheese.

María Beatriz's story

María has been a member of the Cochapamba communal bank for seven years, through which she has strengthened her friendships with all her fellow members from the communal bank. María lives in the parish of Valle in Cuenca, a place where the people make their living in agriculture and rearing animals, they are a friendly and courteous people who still maintain their culture and traditions.

María is 52 years old, she is married and as a result of her marriage she has 10 children, 6 of whom are married and live independently. One of her daughters works for her upkeep and three are studying, two at secondary school and one at the local school. Her husband works as a driver and offers his services on a freelance basis. The home in which they live is their own.

To help with her family's finances, María sells cheese, an activity which she has been performing for 20 years. Maria goes out to sell 4 days a week without a fixed timetable. At home, María spends her time rearing cattle and pigs, as well as in agriculture, the harvest of which is for her family's consumption only.

María will invest this new loan in the purchase of cheese to continue with her business. María's dream is that her children become upstanding professionals.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Severine

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