Total loan: $450

Julia Narcisa

Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador / Arts

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A loan helped Purchase of a sewing machine and fabrics to sew.

Julia Narcisa's story

The San Pedro communal bank is located in the parish of Victoria del Portete, south of the city of Cuenca. The parish has this name in honor of the battle that occurred in its countryside. Its patron celebrations take place in October, celebrated with fireworks displays, dance competitions, and folklore music. The people are happy and always think about moving ahead personally and economically with their families. Mrs. Julia P. lives in San Vicente de Arrayan, in the parish of Victoria del Portete. She is 39 years old, has been divorced for 12 years, because of her husband's lack of understanding, and is the mother of three children ages 11, 14, and 18. Her two oldest children work and help out with the household costs. Her youngest child studies in San Vicente elementary school. At the moment she does not have her own house: her and her family live with her parents. Julia is a seamstress and sews embroideries, and has been in the business for 18 years. She has her own workshop in her house. She tells us that now everything is going very well. She has been working with this communal bank for two years and she has invested her loans in her business. With the new loan funds from FUNDACION ESPOIR she will buy a sewing machine and fabrics to make more embroideries and other sewn products. Her goal is to keep expanding her business, which is the means of support of her family.

Translated from Spanish by Kevin Credo, Kiva Volunteer