A loan of $875 helped to buy chickens and pig feed.


María Elena's story

María lives in the canton of Paute which has a warm climate and fertile soil where beautiful flowers and a wide variety of fruit are grown. There are several businesses here where one can enjoy the local cuisine. Its people are friendly, kind and still maintain their culture and traditions. María, 47, is married and has five children, ages 23, 22, 20, 19 and 4. The oldest ones work and help out financially. Three of them attend the university. Her husband works as a bricklayer and they live in their own home. María works in agriculture and raises chickens and pigs. Her parents taught her the trade when she was very young and she has been working ever since. She used her previous loan to buy chickens and was able to make a considerable profit. She is requesting a new loan to buy chickens and pig feed. She likes her communal bank because of the solidarity among all of its members.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess


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