A loan of $550 helped to purchase fabric, buttons, threads and clasps.

Zoila Lucia's story

Señora Zoila is a member of the Feria Libre communal bank. She lives in the outskirts of Cuenca city, a city admired for its architecture and visited for its nature and gastronomy. Its people maintain the culture and traditions of their ancestors.

Zoila is 50, widowed, and has 4 children ages 26, 23, 19 and 9. Her two oldest daughters are married and independent. Her 19-year-old son is single and works and lives independently. Her youngest daughter attends school in the city. Zoila lives in her own home, thanks to her hard work and sacrifice.

Zoila is a seamstress. She has had a workshop for eight years and she makes aprons. She sells her products on market days and works Monday to Saturday without a fixed schedule.

She has been a member of the communal bank for four years. She will invest her new loan in the purchase of fabric, thread and clasps in order to continue with her business.

Her goal is to grow in her business and have a bigger workshop.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper

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