A loan helped to purchase seeds and fertilizers.

Audrey Marianela's story

In the town of El Carmen, the members of the Credit Union and Progress group meet every 15 days. One of the main sources of income in this area is the cultivation of Barraganate plantains.

In this area lives Audrey, who is 36 years old and lives with her partner, with whom she has 6 children, ages 16, 14, 12, 11, 9, and 5. They are all in school. Her partner is a day laborer, farmer, and raises pigs, chickens. etc. They lived in a rented house. Audrey works raises pigs and poultry. She has a small farm in her house and during certain seasons, she buys a large quantity of chickens which she raises for 2 or 3 months, until they are ready to sell. After that time, she delivers them to some stores in the area and also sells them by the pound on foot and to customers who come to her house. By contrast, she slaughters the pigs and then sells the meat by the pound. She has been working at this for a year and it has been going very well since it is a way to earn income from home.

Her partner has been cultivating seasonal fruits for 16 years. She will give this new loan to him to purchase seeds and fertilizers. She has been part of the Credit Group for one year and is very happy because they have helped her a lot. Her dreams are to have her own home and to travel through Ecuador with her children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kathryn Luehm.

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