A loan of $550 helped to buy stock.

María Graciela's story

María is taking out her second loan with "10 de Agosto" communal bank. She lives in the Santa Ana parish of Cuenca; a place which thanks to its geographic location has many places where you can enjoy nature. From the parish centre, you can admire the city of Cuenca. It's people are warm-hearted, friendly and work in different activities which allow them to pay their household costs.

María works as a domestic maid from Monday- Friday. She doesn't have fixed hours as it depends on how long it takes her to clean the houses where she works. In her home she looks after guinea-pigs, pigs and cattle. She also grows crops which provide food for her house. A month ago she started a business selling 'chuzos' (meat on sticks).

She is going to invest the loan in buying cattle.

Her aim is to build up her 'chuzos' business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Bell

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