A loan of $775 helped to buy clothing, cosmetics, and animals to sell.

Blanca Graciela's story

Sra. Blanca is a member of the Communal Bank “Loma de La Cruz” (Hill of the Cross). She lives in Cuenca, the third largest city in Ecuador. Cuenca was named a World Heritage Site in December 1999. The people have been able to maintain their culture and traditions. The local cuisine has great variety.

Doña Blanca is 58 years old, widowed, and has seven children who are all grown. Five of them are married and independent, another one is working and helping her financially, and her youngest daughter helps her with the household chores. She owns the house in which she lives.

Sra. Blanca has been selling clothing and cosmetics from the Yanbal brand for eight years. She sells her products by traveling throughout the city, Sunday through Sunday, but she does not work on a set schedule. In addition, Blanca sells animals.

She has been a member of the Communal Bank for 12 years. Her new loan will be invested in her two businesses of buying cosmetics and clothing, as well as animals. Her goal is to continue growing in her business and get better each day.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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