A loan of $1,100 helped to pay for her children's education costs and to buy animal feed.

María Auxiliadora's story

Maria has been part of the Victoria de Portete loan group for a year. She really likes being in the group because of the union and solidarity of all the members and at the same time because with the loans they work at achieving their personal goals. She lives in the surrounding area of the La Victoria del Portete parish in Cuenca, a place which has a cold climate, large prairies, green countryside and a mixture of modern and historic architecture. The people are kind, helpful and warmhearted, and they still keep up the culture and traditions of their people.

Maria is 42 years old and the single mother of eight children of whom three are at high school, three at school, and two are at home because they are still little. She does not have her own house so she rents.

Maria looks after the children and as she lives in the country she works raising livestock from which she sells milk, guinea pigs, pigs and chickens. She also works growing crops, some of which her household consumes and some of which she sells. She is going to invest the money from her loan into the education of her children and also feed for her animals. Her dream is to have her own house.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Gulvin

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