A loan of $1,100 helped to purchase fruit, vegetables, and merchandise for her shop.

Digna Esperanza's story

Digna Esperanza Lojana V. is a member of the San Miguel Community Bank and lives in the El Valle neighborhood of Victoria Alta, located 45 minutes outside the city of Cuenca.

Digna is 38 years old, married, and has three sons, aged 18, 16, and 7. Her oldest son is beginning his studies at the University of Cuenca, her second son is a student as Guillermo Menzi High School, and her youngest attends Octavio Díaz School. Her husband is living abroad. He went abroad in order to provide their children a better future, but the world economic crisis has prevented him from sending back much money. The home in which they live is the fruit of the couple's hard work and sacrifices, and Digna says that loans from the foundation have enabled her to repay some of her husband's debts.

Digna has a business selling fruit and vegetables. She also has a grocery store in her home which her sons help her run when she is not there. She is grateful to God for every day, be it good or bad.

She has worked with her Community Bank for seven years and attends meetings every two weeks for training and to enjoy some leisure time with her friends in the group.

With this loan from Fundación ESPOIR, Digna will invest in her business by purchasing fruit and vegetables to sell. She will use any remaining funds to stock her shop.

Digna's dream is to finish the construction of her home and to buy herself a car.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer k vickery

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