A loan of $450 helped to buy pork.

María Del Carmen's story

María is a very young member who has been part the communal bank Mujeres Solidarias for some time. She is a very positive woman who transmits her positivity and happiness to all of the members. She likes the communal bank because of the comradeship that exists in the group and because the loan time is short and it allows them to quickly finance their businesses. She lives in Cantón Paute, a place that has an exceptional warm climate, it has various places to enjoy nature, its people are very hardworking, and they make a living by growing flowers, agriculture, raising livestock and commerce.

María is 25 years old. She is married and from her relationship she has 2 children ages 7 and 2. Her first son is studying at a school in the area. Her husband works as a private-sector employee and they own the house they live in.

For 9 years she has made a living selling vegetables in the area market, but that business is not very profitable and many times she had losses. 8 months ago she began selling meat. She sells entire skinned pigs and pork meat by the pound.

Her last loan was invested in the purchase of vegetables, but her new loan will be invested in the purchase of pork meat so that she can continue to grow her new business.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Katherine Beck

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