A loan of $1,100 helped to buy fruits and stock her market stall.


Blanca Aidee's story

Blanca Aidee is the president of the Cochapamba comunal bank in the community of San Miguel Alto, located approximately one half-hour from the city of Cuenca, in the south of Ecuador. She is 33 years old, is married, and has two children who are 15 and 8 years old. Blanca sells all kinds of fruit. She has a stall in the Open Market of Cuenca. She has been selling fruit for eight years. Her mother also sold fruit but, unfortunately, she passed away a couple of years ago. Blanca works from 8am until 2 or 3pm Tuesday through Saturday. (She spends Sundays and Mondays with her family.) There is a lot of competition in the market, but she says she has regular customers because she treats them well so that they will come back. She also always gives them a “yapa” (a little bit extra that she gives as a gift). Blanca needs a loan of $1,100 so she can buy chirimoyas [also known as custard apples], grapes, and apples to stock her stall in the market. She is also planning to buy small animals and blankets for other small business deals that she occasionally does. Blanca has been a member of Fundación Espoir for 10 years. She says that she likes earning money and saving. Her goal for the future is to continue working so she can be a good example to her children.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jennifer Day


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