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María Mercedes
Sra. Maria is a member of the Communal Bank “Feria Libre” (Open Fair). She lives in the San Martín neighborhood in the city of Cuenca. This city is known for the richness of its historical center, its natural beauty, and the variety of cuisines that captivate the palates of locals and foreigners alike. The people are extremely friendly and cordial.


Doña Maria is 69 years old, separated from her spouse, and has eleven children. Eight of them are married and independent, while the other three are single, working, and helping her financially. Through work and sacrifice, Maria was able to build her own home.


Doña Maria sells a traditional dish called “papas con cuero” (potatoes with pork skins). She works Monday through Saturday selling her product in central Cuenca. In order to prepare this dish, she wakes up at 4am and continues to work until she finishes selling her product. At home, she raises guinea pigs and chickens to sell whenever there is a financial need. While she is at home, Maria also manages a small store that she opened a year and a half ago.


Maria has been with the Communal Bank for twelve years and the loans have been a great benefit to her businesses. This new loan will be invested in the purchase of a quintal of rice (1 quintal = 46kg), potatoes, pork skins, and other products that are needed to prepare her dishes.


Her dream is to have a small structure on her property where she can move her store and expand it.

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La Señora María es socia del banco comunal Feria Libre, vive por el barrio San Martín en la ciudad de Cuenca, esta ciudad es conocida por la belleza de su centro histórico, su belleza natural, su variedad en la gastronomía la que cautiva el paladar de propios y extraños y por su gente que es muy amable y cordial.

Doña María tiene 69 años, está separada y tiene 11 hijos de los cuales 8 son casados e independientes, sus 3 hijos solteros trabajan y ayudan económicamente. Con su trabajo y sacrificio ha logrado construir su casa propia.

Doña María se dedica a la venta de papas con cuero (plato típico), vende este producto en el centro de la ciudad de Cuenca y labora de lunes a sábados. Para la preparación de este plato se levanta a las 4 de la mañana y trabaja hasta que termine de vender su producto. En su casa cría cuyes y gallinas a los cuales los vende cuando tiene alguna necesidad económica. En el tiempo que pasa en casa también se dedica a la atención de una pequeña tienda, la misma que tiene hace un año y medio.

Es socia del banco comunal hace 12 años y los créditos le han beneficiado mucho en sus negocios, su nuevo crédito lo va a invertir en la compra de un quintal de arroz, papas, cuero de chancho y más productos que necesita para la elaboración de sus platos.

Su sueño es hacer una casa pequeña en un terreno que tiene y allí poner su tienda y ampliarla.

About Ecuador

  • $10,200
    Average annual income
  • 40
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  • $23,142,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $550 helped María Mercedes to purchase rice, potatoes, pork skins, and other supplies for preparing her dishes.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Mar 11, 2011
Listed
Mar 27, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
Oct 15, 2011