A loan of $1,100 helped buy wood to stock her sawmill.

Rosa Natividad's story

The Unión Progresista Communal Bank is located 45 minutes from the city of Cuenca on the way to El Valle in the Ñariviña community. Here we can enjoy the beautiful scenery because it is a community that offers the freedom of being in the country, breathing fresh air, and admiring the natural beauty of our city.

Rosa Natividad M. lives in the Pillcha Carchi Chico neighborhood in the Ñariviña community. She is 26 and in a common law marriage. They have three children, ages 8, 5, and 1. Her oldest daughter goes to the Inga Pirca community school. Her five year old son is disabled. He has Cerebral Palsy. They do not have their own house. At the moment they live in a small house made of boards, which a relative lent them. Her husband works in his sawmill. He is a great support in dealing with her small son’s illness.

Rosa works with her husband in the sawmill. They have had the business for several years. She has to combine her work with her household chores, especially taking care of her son who needs more attention and special care.

Within her communal bank Rosa is a very happy and supportive member. She has worked with the foundation for three years. The loans she has received have allowed her to keep the sawmill well stocked. With the loan from Fundación ESPOIR she will buy wood for her business, give her customers better service, and increase the number of customers she has in order to give her children a better future.

Rosa’s dream is to have her own house.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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