A loan of $550 helped to buy disposable items such as cups, spoons, sorbets, etc.

Maria Lucrecia's story

Cuenca is located in the south of the county. It is a pretty city with medieval architecture. It is the third most important city in Ecuador. It has a cold climate that is moderated by the warmth of its friendly and educated people
Mrs. Maria lives in a beautiful place in Cuenca. It is called Totoracocha. She is a member of the community bank called “Mujeres Triunfadoras” (Triumphant Women). She is 48 years old and is happily married. The fruits of their love are the eight children they have created. They are 26, 25, 22, 21, 17, 15, 14 and 12. The oldest child is married and the three oldest children work and and help with the household expenses. The four youngest children attend school. Two of them go to night school and two of them go to high school in the afternoon. Her husband is incapacitated because he became ill from drinking too much alcohol.
This is her third cycle with the foundation. She is glad to be part of the bank because of all the benefits the foundation provides to her.
With the loan that the “Foundation Espoir” will deliver she will invest in her candy business. She has worked in this business for fifteen years and it has worked out well for her. She also has another job working in a cafeteria at night. She works everyday of the week without having a day off.
This is her third cycle working with the “Foundation Espoir”. She will use the money for her candy business to buy disposable items such as cups, spoons, sorbets, etc.
Her dream is to have her own cafeteria because she has a lot of experience and she knows how to manage a business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Esther Levandoski

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