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A loan of $550 helped purchase pork, flour, lard, oil, etc. to make her meals.

Delfina Dominga's story

Delfina Marín is an active member of the Nuevo Porvenir (New Future) Community Bank, located in the parish of Cumbe, southwest of the city of Cuenca, Ecuador. This place is known for the fine craftwork that is woven there, and its original name is Cumbipirca, which comes the Quechua words meaning "finely woven." Delfina is a 51-year-old single mother of five children, ages 30, 17, 14, and 12-year-old twins. Her eldest son is married and lives on his own. Her other children are still in school. None of the children know their father, and he also doesn't help them economically, so Delfina is in charge of providing for her family. They do not have their own home and live in a borrowed house where they only pay for basic services (electricity and water). Delfina sells roasted pork Tuesdays and Saturday in Cumbe's central plaza, and Wednesdays and Friday she sells coffee and empanadas at the livestock fair. She has 15 years' experience and tells us things are going well. Delfina says she joined the community bank a year ago, had to withdraw because of situations out of her control, and then returned. She is now in her second loan cycle, and with the loan she is requesting from Kiva partner Fundacion Espoir, she plans to use a portion to purchase pork, flour, lard, oil, etc. to make her meals, and to use the other part for her children's education. Her dream is to buy some land and build a home.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein

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