A loan of $675 helped buy kidney beans, ears of corn, peas, pineapples, and oranges.

Rosa Ines's story

The Narancay Bajo Communal Bank is formed by a group of members whose goal has always been to succeed in front of any obstacle, to give their families the best of themselves, and to give their families a little of the comforts they never had in their lives. They live to the south of the city of Cuenca. It is a city that has a lot of enchanting traditions and celebrations. The people are warm and kind. Everyone who visits Cuenca falls in love with it, and they always promise to return.

Rosa P. is a member of the Narancay Bajo Communal Bank. She lives about 15 minutes outside the city of Cuenca in the Narancay Bajo region. She gets along well with all of her friends in the communal bank. She is 27, married, and has three children. They are 12, 7, and 6 years old. They all go to the Agustín Cuesta Vintimilla School. Her husband is a bricklayer, a profession that allows him to support the household. Thanks to his efforts and sacrifice, the house where they live is their own.

Rosa sells grains and fruit at the Feria Libre (market in Cuenca). She has been working in this business for 15 years. It is going well for her, but she also has her bad days. Her work schedule is from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. This is her fourth cycle of working with loans that the foundation has given her. They have helped her to continue buying products for her business. She comments that it was a friend who motivated her to become a member of her bank. She will use the new loan from the Espoir Foundation to buy more grains like kidney beans, ears of corn, and peas, etc. She will also buy fruits like oranges, pineapples, and all types of seasonal fruit. She will do this to keep growing in her business. Her greatest dream in life is to have a large fruit and grain establishment.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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