A loan of $550 helped buy fruit.

Laura Mariela's story

Miss Laura P. is a member of the communal bank Por un Futuro Mejor (For a Better Future). She lives in Paute canton, which is characterized by its temperate climate, and many of its residents work cultivating flowers, raising livestock, and farming. Much of its population has moved there seeking better work to help their families.

Miss P. is 25 years old, a single mother of a daughter who is a year and 8 months old. She receives economic help from the father of her daughter. She does not have her own home and lives with her mother with whom she shares living expenses.

Miss Laura is a vendor, selling fruits, which she has done for 2 years. She has her own stall in the Paute market and works from 8am to 5pm, seven days a week.

She has been a member of the communal bank for 2 years, and was invited by an ex-member. She will use the new loan to buy more fruits in order to grow her business. Her goal is to have her own house.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Zachary Powell

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