A loan of $1,600 helped to buy chicks and feed.

Martha Asunción's story

The “María Auxiliadora” communal bank meets in La Sequita Parish belonging to Montecristi, a prosperous canton in Manabí that’s full of hardworking, dedicated people who are proud of their roots. La Sequita is a parish full of honest people who only know work and to be dedicated to their families.

Martha, 38, lives here. She’s in a common law relationship and has five children who are 15, 11, 8, 6 and 3 years of age. The eldest attends secondary school and lives with her grandparents since she had her with a previous partner. The next three attend school and her husband’s a merchant.

Martha has a small home-based business. She sells turnovers, grilled chicken wings, ‘corviches’ [stuffed, fried banana balls], water, soft-drinks and juice, among others. She prepares some of her products in the morning to then sell in the evening. She also raises chickens and pigs since she has enough space at home to do so. This is also a small source of income she has to get ahead. She’s been in these activities more than four years and she does quite well.

She will use this loan to buy chicks and feed so that they will develop well. She’s been in the communal bank nine years and likes it because the loans have helped her much in her life. Her dream is to give her children the best.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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