A loan of $450 helped to buy basic necessity products.

Zoila Dolores's story

Zoila is a member of the La Merced communal bank. She lives in the parish of Santa Ana (Cuenca). This place has a cold climate and its people raise animals and farm. Many work in the city in different activities. It maintains its culture and traditions in its small towns.

Zoila is 33 years old. She is married and has had 2 children from that marriage, aged 10 and 8. They go to a school in town. Her husband works as a driver and carries freight in his pickup truck. They do not have a house of their own and live in the home of relatives.

Zoila has worked for 15 years in a bread bakery. She works there fron Mondays through Fridays from 8 in the morning until she finishes her tasks. For four years she has had a small grocery store and she pays an employee a monthly salary to work there. Her store is open from 6 in the morning until 9 at night.

This is her first loan with the communal bank and she was invited to join by a neighbor. She will invest the money from the loan in basic necessity products to stock her store.

Her dream is to have her own home.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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