A loan of $875 helped to buy animal feed and fabric and to pay for her son's surgery.


Gloria Margarita's story

Gloria is taking out her third loan with the “El Cisne” (The Swan) communal bank. She lives around El Valle Parish in Cuenca, a place with a cold climate. Its architecture is a mixture of the old and the modern. For the most part, agricultural production is for home consumption and they work raising animals. El Valle has grown commercially. Its residents like the members are kind, gracious people who still retain the culture and traditions of its peoples.

Gloria’s 25-years-old and a single mother of three children who are 6, 4 and 3 years of age. Her oldest son attends school and the two younger ones are in a day-care center. She does not have a house of her own; she lives in her mother’s house and shares expenses with her.

Gloria works raising and selling pigs, guinea pigs and chickens in her community. She also works her land and what she grows is for home consumption. At home, she also works doing embroidery, an activity she learned thanks to a girlfriend.

She will use this loan to buy animal feed and fabric and also to pay for one of her children’s palate surgery. Her goal is to give her children the best education so that they will become good professionals someday.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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