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Ligia Cumanda
The "3 Marías" communal bank is located some 15 minutes outside of the city of Cuenca, in the community of the same name to the south of the city. Thanks to its location, the area enjoys great natural beauty and biodiversity. Its adult population works in agriculture and ranching, while the young people work in the city or have migrated abroad to provide a better life for their families.

Ligia V., a member of the "3 Marías" communal bank, lives near the highway to Punta Corral. She is 34 years old, married and the mother of four children, aged 16, 14, 12 and 10. Her oldest son studies at Unedid School, her second son at Miguel Merchán School, her daughter at Herlinda Toral School, and her youngest child at the Yanuncay Educational Center. Her husband is a carpenter who traveled abroad many years ago to strive for a better present and future for his family. They do not yet have their own home, so they live at her mother's house.

Ligia has worked as a seamstress in her own shop for the past fifteen years. She offers alterations to every type of clothing, and she also sews blouses, skirts, and pants; but the garment she makes most often is the "bolsicon," a traditional skirt worn by the women of Cuenca. She also raises chickens and pigs, both for her own household needs and to sell when her neighbors in the community ask for them, or when an economic emergency arises.

She has worked with the foundation for the past three years, and she tells us that the loans she has obtained have allowed her to carry out her work and to educate her children. With the loan provided to her by the Espoir Foundation, she will buy fabric to make bolsicones, blouses, skirts and pants for her regular customers.

Her goal is to expand her business and eventually to build her own house.
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El banco comunal Tres Marías se encuentra a unos 15 minutos fuera de la ciudad de Cuenca en la comunidad del mismo nombre en el sur de la ciudad, esta localidad goza de una belleza natural y biodiversidad por su lugar de ubicación, su gente adulta se dedica a la agricultura y ganadería mientras que los jóvenes trabajan en la ciudad o han migrado al extranjero para darles una mejor vida a su familia.

Ligia V. es socia del banco comunal 3 Marías, vive por el sector la autopista vía a Punta Corral; tiene 34 años de edad es casada y madre de cuatro hijos de 16, 14, 12, 10 años, su primer hijo estudia en el colegio Unedid, el segundo en el colegio Miguel Merchán, su hija en el colegio Herlinda Toral y su último hijo en el centro Educativo Yanuncay, su esposo es ebanista(carpintero) y viajó al exterior desde hace muchos años en busca de un presente y futuro mejor para su familia, aún no tienen casa propia por lo que viven en casa de su madre.

Ligia trabaja en su taller de costura desde hace quince años, arregla toda clase de ropa confecciona blusas, faldas, pantalones pero lo que más elabora es bolsicones (vestimenta tradicional de las cuencanas); también se dedica a la cría de pollos, chanchos, tanto para el consumo en su hogar como para la venta cuando lo solicitan sus vecinas de la comunidad o por alguna emergencia económica.

Lleva tres años trabajando con la fundación y nos comenta que los créditos obtenidos le han permitido terminar sus obras y para educar a sus hijos, con el préstamo que la FUNDACIÓN ESPOIR le entregue va a comprar tela para elaborar los bolsicones, blusas, faldas, pantalones para sus clientes frecuentes.

Su meta es incrementar su negocio y llegar a construir su casa propia.

About Ecuador

  • $10,200
    Average annual income
  • 13
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  • $22,544,250
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,100 helped Ligia Cumanda purchasing fabric to make skirts, blouses, pants and traditional garments.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Oct 7, 2009
Listed
Nov 9, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
May 15, 2010