A loan of $1,675 helped to purchase chickens and feed for them.

Rosa Margoth's story

Rosa is 61 years old. She grew up in a household with limited resources, so she was only able to attend school through primary school and later helped her parents with the household chores and in the fields. She got married very young to Efren, who is 57 years old and works as a farmer. With him, she left the city where she was born to go to an area with a warm climate where their six children were born. Five of them are now independent and have their own families and the youngest is about to finish primary school. Rosa lives with him and her husband in Rio Verde in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas province. The city has a significant amount of trade since it has become a land port for exchange between the mountain and coastal regions of the country. Its various tourist attractions, in addition to its warm climate, are frequented by national and international tourists. The majority of the inhabitants have learned a commercial trade or provide services to the locals and tourists.

Seven years ago, with the objective of helping with the household expenses, Rosa started a business raising chickens for later sale. She learned this work from one of her relatives who shared their knowledge of the business so that Rosa could also put it into practice. Rosa spends her mornings and sometimes afternoons cleaning, feeding, and caring for the chickens. At the same time, she does the household chores so that she does not have to worry about the needs of her husband and son.

Rosa says that for her business it is always necessary to have capital to purchase "balanceado", which is the special feed that is given to poultry, as well as chicks to raise them and later sell. This is why for the fourth consecutive year, she has requested a loan to invest in the purchase of additional chickens and feed at wholesale prices. This allows her to have the necessary feed for the chickens she has and those she will sell.

Rosa has been a punctual customer with her repayments and has continued working with Fundacion Alternative because of the treatment she receives in the office and her account manager is motivating. Rosa is grateful to all of the people around the world who decided to trust her and her small business without knowing her.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eileen Lloyd

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