A loan of $1,400 helped to buy food and medicine for chickens and pigs.

María Graciela's story

The village bank Junín meets every 15 days in the canton of Junín, a place know for its hardworking and friendly people as well as the best distilled liquor in the province and in Ecuador.

Here lives Maria, 34, a single mother of three children ages 18,17 and 13 who are in school. She has been with the village bank for three cycles and likes it because the loans have helped her with her business and allowed her to get her kids ahead.

With the goal of taking care of her children alone, Maria and her children made some corrals where she raises pigs and poultry. She buys the pigs when they are small and feeds them for 3-4 months and later sells them to buyers who come to the area. She has been doing this for 8 years and it allows her to make an honest living.

Maria is repeating her loan because it's the only way that she can get ahead. She currently has more than 200 chickens and needs a loan to buy food and medicine for them because they get sick a lot during this season and she doesn't want any losses. With the earnings from the previous loan she improved the corrals and can now fit more chickens, and therefore have more future profits. This loan is to buy food and medicine for both the chickens and the pigs. She likes the village bank because the loans help her a lot in life.

Her dream is to continue moving forward and to have good health.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Berghaus

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