A loan of $6,700 helped a member to buy feed and medicines for her pigs and her chickens.

Buena Aventura (24 De Mayo) Group's story

Canton 24 de Mayo, located in the province of Manabí, is known for its beautiful landscapes, its forests, its rich fauna and its hardworking inhabitants, who work in agriculture and raising animals. Communal bank “Buena Aventura” meets here fortnightly. This group is composed of ten women and two men who some time ago decided to come together and form a group that has helped them a lot to get ahead.

Ana, 30, is one of this group’s members. She is married and has four children who are 14, 12, 8 and 6 years old. The two older children go to secondary school and the smaller ones to primary school. Her husband works in agriculture. Ana raises pigs and poultry in order to help her husband with the home expenses, which are considerable. She has a small barn at home where she takes care of these animals, making some money without leaving her house. This income helps her cover her children’s studies; her husband makes too little to cover these expenses, since they are four and their education becomes expensive. Ana raises her pigs for four months and then sells them to middlemen who visit her at home. She slaughters the chickens herself and delivers them to shops in town, receiving even better profits.

Ana will use this new loan to buy animal feed and medicines for her pigs and chickens. This is her second cycle with the communal bank and she feels happy with the help she receives through these loans. Her dreams are to provide her children with the best and get ahead in life.

In this group: Rosa Cira, Francisca Elizabeth, Alexandra María, Miriam Del Carmen, Ana Liliana, Barbarita Del Jesús, Christian Daniel, Erika Narcisa, Oswaldo Ignacio, Guillermina Tulmira, Gina Gricelda, Aida Benita

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Santiago Mejía Dugand

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