A loan of $1,100 helped to buy chickens, livestock, animal feed, and fertilizer.


Aurora Elena's story

Aurora is a member of the Victoria del Portete communal bank. She lives in the Quinta Chica area of Cuenca. It is a place with beautiful scenery. Its people are kind, charming, and tenacious. They work day to day in order to improve their financial stability. Aurora, age 55, is a widow. Her marriage produced six children. Five of them are married and live independently. Her last child, age 13, goes to a city high school. She does not have her own house, so she lives in a relative’s house. Aurora works daily doing difficult field work. She farms and raises animals. She learned this trade from her parents, and it has allowed her to improve stability in her household and to get her whole family ahead. She used the previous loan to buy animals, seeds, and fertilizer. She got good earnings from this. She will use her new loan to buy chickens, livestock, feed for her animals, and fertilizer for her crops.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish


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