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Esther Josefina
Esther C. is an active member of the “El Arenal” communal bank. She lives in Tarqui parish, which is in the southern part of Cuenca, and is famous for Lakes Totoracocha and Condorcocha in Tutupali Grande. Esther is 53 years of age, a single mother, and has 8 children, who are 37, 35, 33, 27, 25, 22, 21 and 19 years old. Almost all of her children are married and live independently. She only has two single sons; the 25-year-old, who lives with his sister and her 19-year-old who chips in a bit for family expenses. She does not own a house; she lives in a relative’s house.

Esther sells food in her community’s 27 de Julio market on Sundays. She’s open for business from 6am until she runs out of food. Her mother taught her how to cook and season her delicious food. She also does the household chores and raises small farm animals, like: pigs, chickens, guinea pigs and cows. She sometimes sells the milk she gets from her cows to merchants or she uses it for her own consumption. When she faces unexpected expenses, she sells her animals.

She has been in her communal bank for two-an-a-half years. She has used the funds received to get ahead in her business and at home.

She will use the new loan to buy cooking oil, salt and quintales (weight measure equivalent to 46 kilos) of rice and sugar as well as other ingredients for her meals so that she can offer her customers a wider variety. Her goal is to continue with her business and to grow economically in her life.
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Esther C. es otra socia activa del banco comunal El Arenal, vive en la parroquia Tarqui ubicada al sur de la ciudad de Cuenca y tiene como atractivos las lagunas de Totoracocha y Condorcocha en las comunidades de Tutupali Grande, Esther tiene 53 años de edad es madre soltera y ha concebido 8 hijos que se encuentran de 37, 35, 33, 27, 25, 22, 21, 19 años, casi todos sus hijos son casados y viven independientes, solo tiene 2 hijos solteros el de 25 años pero vive en casa de su hermana y su hijo de 19 años quien le ayuda muy poco en la economía de su hogar, no tiene casa propia por lo que vive en casa de un familiar.

Esther se dedica a la venta de comida en el mercado 27 de Junio en su comunidad, solo vende los días domingos laborando desde las 6 a.m. hasta terminar sus preparaciones y su mamá fue quien la enseñó a preparar y sazonar su exquisita comida. Además se dedica a los
quehaceres de su hogar y a la cría de animales como chanchos, gallinas, cuyes y vacas la leche que obtiene de sus vacas a veces entrega a los comerciantes o utiliza para su consumo y sus animalitos son vendidos cuando tiene alguna necesidad de dinero.

Se encuentra dos años y medio en su banco comunal, con el dinero de los créditos recibidos ha logrado superarse en su negocio y hogar, y con el nuevo crédito va a comprar aceite, sal y quintales de arroz y azúcar y otros productos necesarios para preparar sus platos y brindar mayor variedad a sus clientes. Tiene como meta continuar con su negocio y crecer económicamente en su vida.

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  • $10,200
    Average annual income
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  • $22,885,275
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Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $900 helped Esther Josefina to buy rice, sugar, cooking oil, pasta, etc.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Feb 19, 2010
Listed
Mar 17, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
Jul 15, 2010