A loan of $950 helped purchase soap, detergent, toilet paper, tooth paste, etc.

Janneth Marlene's story

The community bank "El Ahorro" is set up by a group of gay, charismatic, and triumphant ladies who are seeking the way to get ahead always with a smile. They are visionaries of a better future for themselves as well as for their families, as they will move ahead in spite of the difficulties presented daily by life. They all live in the town of Cuenca, the third most important town of Ecuador as well as a Cultural Heritage of Humanity because of its natural beauty and the incomparable architecture of its historic center.

Mrs. Janneth Narváez is 20 years old, she lives in the sector San Pedro el Cebollar with her significant other, she is 5 months pregnant and does not know the gender of her baby. Her husband works as a street vendor of kitchenware and home articles. They do not own a house and are living with her mother sharing the costs of living.

Janneth works as a street vendor selling cleaning products such as: detergent, soap, paper, etc. She works from 7 am to 6 pm at the different markets and plazas of the town. Our partner has done this for a year and she tells us that business is slow for this season but hopes it will improve.

She has had eight loans with the bank and the loans have helped her set up her business. Now with the new loan she will buy soap, detergents, toilet paper, tooth paste, and more products for cleaning and personal grooming. It is her goal to get ahead together with her child and husband, and to take care of her mother until her last day alive when God will take her to his side.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer lene struck

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