A loan of $1,300 helped to buy feed and medicine for the chickens, chickens, and coconuts.

María Concepción's story

The members of the Cristo Resucitado [Risen Christ] communal bank meet in the Libertad #2 neighborhood in the city of Portoviejo, the capital of Manabí, which has been known for many years as the city of the royal tamarinds.

This is where María, age 54, lives. She is married, and they have six children who are grown and independent. Her husband is a merchant.

María is a very hard-working woman who likes to get ahead. She has a small farm where she raises chickens. She buys these animals when they are small. She keeps them for two or three months, and when they are ready for sale she delivers them to the merchants who sell them in their business in diverse city markets.

She will also give part of the loan to her husband. He has a cart from which he sells coconut juices at various places. That is how they get ahead. She has been doing this business activity for over five years. Her husband has been engaged in his business for almost his whole life.

She will use this loan to buy feed and medicine for the chickens, chickens, and coconuts for her husband’s business. She is the founder of her group. She likes it because of the help from the loans. Her dreams are for her and her family to be in good health.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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