A loan of $1,625 helped to buy fertiliser and seeds, as well as ingredients.

María Martha's story

María is a member of the communal bank “14 de Agosto” [14th of August] and is its president. She lives in the parish of Zhidmad in Cuenca, which is surrounded by mountains that provide beautiful landscapes. The people who live there work at rearing animals, agriculture and several go to the city to work in different activities.

María is 49 years old and is married. Her marriage has borne her 4 children, three of whom are now married themselves and live independently. Her last daughter studies in a college in the city. Her husband works in construction. They live in their own house.

María has kept her whole family going thanks to her hard work and dedication. She works rearing animals and in agriculture; she also makes and sells ice-cream.

She invested her last loan buying alfalfa seeds and animals, from which she made a very good earnings. She paid off her loan without any difficulty and to schedule. She will invest her new loan in buying fertiliser and seeds, and ingredients to make her ice-creams. She likes the communal bank because of the support from the group.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Suzanne Carey

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