A loan of $550 helped buy cheese and yogurt.


Mayra Yalila's story

Mayra F. is a member of the Despertar (Wake Up) communal bank. She lives in the Chóferes neighborhood in the city of Cuenca, also known as Santa Ana de los Cuatro Ríos. It is a city in south central Ecuador and is the capitol of Azuay Province. It boasts an extremely varied cuisine which captivates the palates of its visitors, and the people are very warm and friendly.

Mayra is a businesswoman who works with her husband, and she has been doing this job for three years. She sells dairy products like cheese and yogurt. She makes traveling sales Mondays through Saturdays from 9 in the morning until 6 in the evening.

Mayra is 30 years old. She is married and has two children, ages 8 and 1. Her first son attends a school in the city. She does not have her own house, so she lives in a relative's house.

Mayra has been a member of ESPOIR for three years, and all the loans have benefited her business. She will invest the new loan in purchasing more dairy products for her business. Her dream is to have her own house.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer


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