A loan of $350 helped to purchase palm fibers used for making hats.


Leonila Gerardina's story

Sra. Leonila U. is a member of the Communal Bank “Damas Responsables” (Responsible Women). She lives in central Cuenca, a beautiful city that is known for its historical center, the four rivers that surround it, its natural surroundings, its cuisine, its people and their traditions.

Sra. Leonila is 56 years old, married, and has a daughter who is already married. She does not own a home, so she lives with her daughter and helps with the expenses. They live in a rental property.

Leonila sells Panama hats and has been in this business for two years. She learned this trade as a young girl since her parents worked in the same type of business.

This is the first loan she is receiving from the Communal Bank after being invited to join by her sister-in-law. The money from the loan will be invested in the purchase of palm fibers used for making Panama hats. Her dream is have a house of her own.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica


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