A loan of $1,100 helped to purchase guinea pigs and chickens.

María Auxiliadora's story

María is one of the founding members of the Tres de Noviembre (November 3) community bank. In all that time she has been able to strengthen the bonds with her friends in the group. She lives in the parish of Cumbe in Cuenca, Ecuador, a place that enjoys a lot of admiration for its vegetation and the beauty of its countryside. The architecture is a mixture of the new and the old, and the people make a living in raising animals, farming or working in the city doing many different activities. María is 50 years old, married and has six children, four of whom are married and lives on their own. Her two single children study at a local school. Her husband works in construction and owns the family's home. María has made a living raising and selling chickens, guinea pigs and a wide variety of animals for the past 20 years. She also farms and uses her harvest to feed her family. If there is a surplus, she sells it. She plans to use the loan to purchase guinea pigs and chickens. Her goal is to have more capital to invest in her animal business.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein

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