A loan of $675 helped comprar papayas, piñas, naranjas, arvejas, maíz, etc. (To purchase papayas, pineapples, oranges, peas, corn, etc.).

Luz María's story

As of April 12th, the community bank has 15 active members. The members are women entrepreneurs who seek to have, and be able to offer a better quality of life for their families. All members of the community bank have businesses selling food or selling fruit and vegetables. This bank is located in the city of Cuenca, the third largest city in Ecuador. Cuenca is renowned for its writers and artists, architectural beauty, the 4 rivers that bathe the city, its delicious cuisine, and by the warmth of the people, who are always friendly and welcoming to local and foreign tourists.

Luz R. is one of the active members of this bank, and is in her fifth term working with the Foundation. She lives in the city Cuencana and is a 34 year old wife and mother. She has children who are 14, 8, and 6 years of age. Her husband is a private employee of the Graiman pottery factory. They do not own their own home, since they live in her mother's home, but manage all their expenses independently. Luz tells us that the loans, which she has received thus far, have allowed her to catch up with her debts and invest in her own business selling fruits and grains. This is a business she has had for 21 years. Currently, Luz works Monday to Sunday (from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) in a market. With the funds she receives from this loan, she plans to purchase papayas, pineapples, oranges, peas, corn, etc. and will supply her business. Her biggest dream is to finish paying off her debts.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mayra Caridad Gould

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