A loan of $775 helped to buy vegetables such as tomatoes, onions, peas, carrots and some fruits.

Maria Nancy's story

The Barrio Sucre Communal Bank is located in the parish of Cumbe to the southeast of the city of Cuenca, Peru. Those who live there work mainly in the production of traditional textiles, embroidery, and wool yarn that is used to make clothing. Others work in agriculture and many have migrated to larger cities or out of the country searching for a better future for their families.

Maria F. is one member of the Barrio Sucre Communal Bank. She lives on the outskirts of Cuenca in the parish of Cumbe. She is 40 years old and has been divorced for three years. Her marriage was broken up by another woman. With her husband she had three children who are now 17, 16 and 5 years old. Her older sons work in construction when there is work to be found. They contribute what little they earn to the household and to their younger sister’s education. The house they live in is theirs, as it was the inheritance left to the children by their father.

Maria works selling vegetables at the Feria Libre, a large market in Cuenca. She has been in this line of work since she was 12, as she used to help her mother with sales on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. She keeps the same work hours today. Maria has been working with this little bank for two years and she tells us that it has helped her to increase the number of vegetables and fruits at her stand and offer her customers a variety of products. With the loan offered to her by FUNDACION ESPOIR [a Kiva Field Partner] she will buy tomatoes, onions, peas, carrots and other vegetables to stock her business.

Her great dream is to get ahead along with her children and to give them a better future.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catherine Fountain

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