A loan of $1,625 helped to buy two cows.

María Laura's story

María has been a member of "10 de Agosto" communal bank for many years. 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. Its people are warm-hearted, friendly and work in different activities which allow them to pay their household costs.

María is 58 years old, married and has 4 children who are all grown up. Three of them are married and live away from home. Her single son works to pay for his personal costs. Her husband is a security guard. They own their own home.

When María is at home, she does the housework but she also works hard looking after her animals in the field, especially her cattle that produce milk. She has been doing this since she was small. She learnt this trade from her parents who left her this work as an inheritance. This work has enabled her to get her family ahead.

She invested her last loan in buying a cow from which she has got good profits, in milk sales. She is going to invest her new loan in buying two better quality cows.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Bell

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