A loan of $1,300 helped to buy milk.

Nelly Narcisa's story

The members of the Merorando El Futuro communal bank meet every two weeks in the area known as Tierras Amarillas of the Rocafuerte settlement. This area is known for its agriculture because a large number of its residents raise short cycle crops.

Nelly lives here. She is 50 years old, married, and has eight children; six of whom are adults. The youngest are 16 and 14. One of the older ones studies at university and the younger ones attend high school. Her husband is a farmer.

Nelly works in partnership with one of her sons and they sell milk and cheeses. Her son travels the fields by car and buys the milk from the farmers every morning. He then takes it home and they use part of it to make the delicious cheese. They sell the rest in the neighboring areas, along with the cheese they made the previous day. They work every morning and have been doing this for 10 years.

She will use the money from this loan to buy milk. She’s been with the communal bank since the beginning, serves as the treasurer and enjoys it because her fellow members are very united and responsible. Her dream is to continue ahead and for her children to complete their studies.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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