A loan of $1,000 helped to buy chickens, and feed and medicine for the chickens.

Patricia Cleopatra's story

The credit group Las Divas de Tosagua meets every two weeks in the city of Tosagua. This place is known for being very dynamic and having a lot of vegetation, where most of the inhabitants work in agriculture or raising animals.

Patricia, 54, lives here. She is separated, but she has five daughters from that relationship. They are all grown and independent. Patricia has a small chicken farm at her home. She buys the chickens when they are small and raises them on pure corn for three months. This is why her chicken taste like farm-yard raised chickens, and this is why she has customers. Currently she has a good shipment of chickens ready to sell, since she always sells a lot during this time of year and at a good price. This is how she advances, since she now lives alone. This loan is to buy chickens as well as medicine and feed for the chickens. She has been through four loan cycles at the communal back and she likes it because of the help the loans provide. Her dream is to move forward and one day own a store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Caitlin Jones

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