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Maria Paula
María Paula Y. is a member of the Zhidmad Communal Bank, which is to the southwest of the Gualaceo canton. The people there devote themselves to farming and livestock. What they produce is for their consumption. The women weave Panama hats made from the fibers of the “toquilla” plant, make jackets, and embroider “polleras” (skirts) and blouses.

Our member sells vegetables and medicinal plants. She has been doing this for 18 years on Tuesdays and Fridays. The other days of the week she devotes to raising chickens, guinea pigs, pigs and to farming. She makes her sales in her community or at a fair in the city of Cuenca.

María Paula is 52 years old, and she has been a widow for four years. She has seven children. Four of her children are married, and two of them live independently. Two of her married children live in María’s house. She helps her children with their expenses. Two of the three remaining children are in high school, and one is in elementary school. Through her work and sacrifice she was able to build her own house.

She has been a member for four years. The loans have helped her to continue growing in her business. The new loan is to buy livestock and fertilizer for her pasture.

Her goal is to one day be able to improve her little house.
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La Señora. María Paula Y. es socia del banco comunal Zhidmad, que se encuentra ubicada al sur occidente del cantón Gualaceo, su gente se dedica a la agricultura y la ganadería, lo que producen es para su consumo. La población femenina se dedica al tejido de sombreros de paja toquilla, a la elaboración de chompas de lana y al bordado de polleras (faldas) y blusas.

Nuestra socia se dedica a la venta de verduras y plantas medicinales, actividad que la realiza hace 18 años los días martes y viernes, los demás días de la semana se dedica a la cría de gallinas, cuyes, chanchos y la agricultura, sus ventas las realiza en su comunidad o en algún mercado de la ciudad de Cuenca.

La Señora María Paula tiene 52 años de edad, es viuda hace 4 años, tiene 7 hijos de los cuales 4 son casados, dos de ellos viven independientemente y sus otros dos hijos casados viven en su casa y es Doña María quien les ayuda a sus hijos en sus gastos, de sus tres últimos hijos dos se encuentran estudiando en el colegio y una en la escuela, con su trabajo y sacrificio ha logrado construir su casa propia.

Es nuestra socia hace 4 años y los créditos la han servido para seguir creciendo en su negocio, su nuevo crédito lo va a invertir en la compra de ganado y abono para su potrero.

Su meta es algún día poder mejorar su casita.

About Ecuador

  • $10,200
    Average annual income
  • 19
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  • $22,541,325
    Funds lent in using Kiva
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    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $775 helped Maria Paula buy livestock and fertilizer.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Jul 9, 2010
Listed
Jul 23, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
Feb 15, 2011