A loan of $1,100 helped to buy construction materials.

América Graciela's story

América has been a part of the credit union, El Cisne [The Swan], for five years. During this time, she has become good friends with the other members. She lives in Parroquia del Valle [Parish of the Valley] in Cuenca; a place that reaps natural beauty, green countrysides, and a architecture mixed of modern and traditional styles.Her people maintain their culture and traditions.

America is 31 years old and married. Throughout her marriage, she has born three children who are now 13, 10 and six years old. Her eldest daughter is in high school and her younger two children are in primary school. Her husband is a construction worker and they live in their own home.

Her strongest source of income is farming, breeding animals, and sales. América takes care of the household chores, breeds guinea pigs and chickens, and grows food for her home and for sale.

The money from her loan will be used to buy construction materials to finish their house. Her dream is for her children to become good professionals.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kelly Fletcher

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