A loan of $500 helped to buy spare parts for pressure cookers.

Rosario De Lourdes's story

Rosario Z. is a member of the "Mujeres Triunfadoras" (Triumphant Women) community bank and lives in Cuenca city center. This city has a cold climate but its people are very kind and friendly and they maintain their culture and traditions. The historic city center is known for its architectural beauty.

Rosario is 34 years old, divorced, and has 3 children aged 18, 14 and 9. Her eldest child works. Her middle child is studying in high school and her youngest daughter is at an elementary school in the city. She does not own her own home but rents instead.

Rosario is a saleswoman. She sells spare parts for pressure cookers and other items as an itinerant street vendor. She has been in this business for seven years. She works from 9.00am to 3.00pm. After she finishes this work, she works in a hotel from 4.00pm to 7.00pm every day of the week. She has been a member of her community bank for six years and she likes it because she has good friends there. She will invest her loan money in her business, in buying more spare parts. Her goal is to further expand her business.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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