A loan of $350 helped purchase merchandise for her bazaar such as clothing, costume jewelry, gifts, cosmetics, and stationery.

Jessica Paola's story

Sra. Jessica Paola T. is a member of the Communal Bank “Medio Ejido”. She lives in the Las Orquídeas sector of the city of Cuenca. The city is known for its rich culture, its historical center, its various cuisines, its beautiful vegetation, and the warmth and friendliness of its people.

Sra. Jessica Paola is a young woman who is 23 years of age, married, and has a four year old daughter. Since she does not own a home, she lives at her mother’s house and shares in the household expenses.

Jessica works as a sales consultant, offering personal products manufactured by Unilever. She has had this job for a year and eight months, and works Monday through Saturday from 9am to 7pm. Jessica also has a small bazaar that she opened a year ago.

She is receiving her first loan from Fundación ESPOIR and was invited by a friend to join the Communal Bank. Her loan will be invested in merchandise for her bazaar. Jessica says her goal is to gain admission at the university and obtain a degree in Commercial Engineering.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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