A loan of $875 helped to buy feed and medicine for her chickens.

Ofelia Ines's story

In a community called Pachinche, which belongs to the parish of Colon in the city of Portoviejo, a place known for its hardworking people who work in agriculture and livestock, the members of the "Damas Emprendedoras de Pachinche" ("Women Entrepreneurs of Pachinche") communal bank meet every fifteen days.

Ofelia lives in this community. She is 24 years old and married. She has two children from her marriage, ages 5 and 7, who are studying at school. Her husband is a taxi driver.

Ofelia is a young mother and wife who raises chickens on a small farm to earn her own income and help out with her children's well-being. She puts between 50 and 100 chickens on her farm every season, depending on the demand that exists at the time. This is something that does not take up much of her time and also allows her to earn something and keep track of her children.

She will use this loan to buy feed and medicine for her chickens to ensure their healthy growth. She has been part of the communal bank for two cycles, and she enjoys it because the loans help her to move ahead.

Her dream is to have a larger farm.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Volz

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