A loan of $1,000 helped purchase dolls, soccer balls, tea sets, lights and others.

Diana Carolina's story

El Ahorro (Savings) community bank is composed by a group of happy, charismatic women looking for a way to succeed, always with a smile, envisioning a better future for them and their families, going through the hardships of every day like. All of them live in the city of Cuenca, the third biggest city in Ecuador, declared Cultural Patrimony of Humanity due to its natural beauty, and unique architecture of its historical center.

Diana L. has been a member of El Ahorro for 8 seasons. During that time, she has taken advantage of the loans she received, investing in her business, her home and covering her 4-year-old daughter’s pre-school expenses. Diana is 24 years old. She's the only income of the house, as the father is not involved in their lives.

Diana is a sales person. She sells toys, plastic-based items and others. She started helping her mother when she was 5 and by the time she was 14, she was handling her own products and had her own clients. She has a stand in the '9 de Octubre' local market, always having problems with police, who's constantly picking her up because she doesn’t own her stand. She doesn’t own a home, either and she’s still renting a home with her daughter.

This new loan will be used to purchase dolls, soccer balls, tea sets, lights and more plastic-based toys to sell during the Christmas season.

Her greatest dream is to have her own stand to work more comfortably and to build her own home.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jimena Lopez

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