A loan of $1,100 helped purchase candy, lollipops, french fries, mangoes, and ingredients to make meringue.


Irma Gudelia's story

The “Nuevos Horizontes” (“New Horizons”) Communal Bank is made up of very hardworking women committed to getting ahead and providing a better future for their families. They all live in the city of Cuenca, a beautiful city known for its culture, architecture, traditions, and food.

Irma M. is 33 years old and a member of Nuevos Horizontes. She lives in Cuenca with her husband and her three children, ages 14, 11, and 3. Her husband is a truck driver for a hardware store and they rent their home.

For six years, Irma has sold sweets and fruit outside of a school. She has good days and bad days with her business, but she is always grateful to God. During the weekends she sells “salchipapas” (hot dogs and french fries) wherever there are parties or other public activities.

Irma has worked with the Foundation for two years and previous loans helped her repay the expense of an appendectomy. She will use the current loan to purchase candy, lollipops, french fries, mangoes, and ingredients to make meringue.

Her dream is to have her own home.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer k vickery


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