A loan of $1,625 helped to buy pigs, guinea pigs, feed for the animals, and natural products.


Miriam Catalina's story

Miriam is a member of the Damas Responsables communal bank. She likes being in the communal bank because all of the members are friends and neighbors. She lives in a beautiful part of the city of Cuenca. This city is the third most financially important in the country. It has been a World Heritage Site since 1999. The people are friendly, gracious, and warm-hearted. They still maintain their culture and traditions. Miriam is 35 years old, married, and has a 12-year-old son who is studying at a school in the city. Her husband is privately employed, and they live in their own house. She devotes herself to selling natural products and raising and selling animals. This business activity allows her to be financially independent and helps her household financially. Most of all, it allows her to have the time she needs to take care of her family. She used her previous loan to buy livestock, and she has gotten very good income. She repaid this loan punctually without any difficulties. She will use the new loan to buy pigs, guinea pigs, feed for the animals, and natural products. She will do this because it is a good business, and she has customers.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish


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