A loan of $725 helped to buy supplies for the maintenance of her pastures.

Maria Rebeca's story

María, 46, is single. Her dream was to finish her studies, but due to the lack of resources at home she could not fulfill this goal. She could only attend primary school, which has become an obstacle for her to find better job opportunities. However, she fights for her three daughters, who are 29, 27 and 17 years old. She has provided for them with the help of her parents.

María is a countrywoman. She learned to work in agriculture and cattle raising when she was a small girl, together with her parents. During her free time, she enjoys growing vegetables, weaving and walking around her farm. She lives together with her daughters and her parents Cristóbal, 78, and Josefina, 79, in Los Bancos, a canton located in the province of Pichincha, one of the largest provinces of the Republic of Ecuador. This canton is located close to Quito and has many forests. Its neighborhoods are inhabited by kind people with their original traditions. María and her family live far from the town, in a farm that is also their workplace.

María started a livestock business right when her first daughter was born, i.e. 29 years ago. She works at least 12 hours every day cleaning, feeding and milking her cows. She also purifies the milk and makes products such as homemade yogurt, cottage cheese and sweets. She enjoys working with these activities, even if the weather is not pleasant during the winter time, especially in the early morning when she starts working.

María is requesting a loan to buy compost, fertilizers and seeds to improve the pastures, since they were ruined during the winter season and she needs to feed her cows in order to produce good-quality milk and to keep them healthy. This loan will help María and her family to have a stable economy and work in order to cover their basic needs. María is grateful to Fundación Alternativa for the support and advice they have given her and for letting people from all over the world be part of her progress through Kiva. María hopes to improve every day in order to be able to pay for some improvements that her farm and her house need.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Santiago Mejía Dugand

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