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

Rosa Maclovia's story

For some time now, Rosa has been a member of the communal bank "Sector 3 Marías". She lives on the outskirts of the Turi community in Cuenca, which has lush green fields due to its geography. The locals are hard-working, determined people who run businesses involving agriculture, livestock farming and commerce. They maintain the culture and traditions of the villages.

Rosa, 40, is married and has four children, ages 20, 17, 16 and 14. Her eldest two work and help out financially and also study through distance learning. The youngest two attend school in the city. Her husband works for a private company and they own their home.

Rosa raises animals, works in agriculture and also works as a domestic employee. All of these jobs give her economic independence and sometimes she even has time to spend with family, especially her children.

She used her previous loan to buy chickens which have given her a very good profit. She is requesting another loan to buy more chickens, animal feed and seeds for planting. She enjoys the communal bank because of the educational talks she receives, the cheerfulness of the other members and the camaraderie.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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