A loan of $550 helped to buy dishes and ingredients.

Enma Beatriz's story

Enma is a member of the Pisando Fuerte communal bank and she lives on the outskirts of Cuenca, the third most important city of the country. It has been a Unesco World Heritage site since 1999, known for its beautiful architecture and culture. Its people are friendly and gentile.

Emma, 46, is separated and has 6 children: 28, 26, 23, 19, 16 and 8. Her oldest two are married and independent, her third, a son, is a student at the university, her fourth, a son, works and helps her with expenses, her fifth, a daughter, is at home and helps her with the housework, and the youngest, a son, is in school. They rent since they don’t own their own house.

Enma has sold food for the last 3 years. She works Mondays through Saturdays, but she doesn’t have a regular schedule. She stops working when she finishes selling all of the food.

This is her first loan with the communal bank and she will use it to buy dishes and ingredients for her food.

Her goal is to have her business grow.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Miriam Palacio

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