A loan of $400 helped to buy grains.

María Margarita's story

María is a member of the 'Las Caleras' community bank. She lives in Camino al Tejar, in the city of Cuenca. This city is the third most important city in the country. It was named a World Heritage Site in 1999 owing to the beauty of its architecture.

María is 40 years old, married, and has six children from her marriage who are 21, 19, 18, 15, 12 and 10 years old. Her two eldest children work and help out financially. Her third child [a daughter] is married and lives independently. Her fourth child [a daughter] stays at home and helps her with the housework, and the two youngest children attend school in the city. Her husband sells 'granizados' (snowcones). They own the house in which they live. They acquired it as a result of their hard work.

María sells all kinds of cooked grains. She cooks them very early in the morning and sells them on market days.

This is María's fourth loan through her community bank and she will invest it in buying grains so that she can continue in her business.

Her goal is to grow her business.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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