A loan of $550 helped to buy fabric and manure.


María Elvia's story

María has been part of the San Vicente communal bank ever since it began. She lives in the Victoria del Portete parish in Cuenca. This place has large plains that are apt for raising livestock, and one is able to enjoy the tranquility of nature. The members are hard-working women who, through their business activities, look out for the well-being of their households from day to day. They still maintain the culture and traditions of their people. María, age 32, is married. They have four children, ages 16, 14, 13, and 12. Her first three children attend high school. Her last daughter goes to a local school. Her husband works as a bricklayer. The house that they live in is their own. María has been embroidering for ten years. She works Mondays through Fridays without a fixed schedule. She also raises cattle, chickens, and guinea pigs. She sows her land, and what she harvests is for her household’s consumption. She will use her new loan to buy manure in order to improve her pastures. She will also buy fabric in order to continue with her business activity, embroidery. Her goal is to improve her house.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish


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