A loan of $1,100 helped to buy fabric and thread.

María Rosa's story

María is a member of the “Mujer y Fortaleza” (Women and Strength) Communal Bank. She lives in the outskirts of the Turi parish. This parish is visited a lot because it is the balcony of the city where you are able to admire a large part of Cuenca. Its people devote themselves to commerce, raising animals, and farming. They also work in the city in different business activities.

María, age 50, is married and has nine children. Six are married and independent. Her three single sons are 18, 15, and 12. Her daughter, age 18, attends the university. Her last two children go to a school in the city. Her husband is a farmer. The house they live in is their own.

María devotes herself to embroidery, and she has been doing this for 12 years. She works in her house every day without a fixed schedule. She learned this work thanks to courses that were given in her community.

She is a founding member of her communal bank. She will use the loan to buy fabric and thread in order to continue with her embroidery business.

Her goal is to expand her business a lot.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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