A loan of $1,100 helped to buy supplies for her beauty salon.

Miriam Natalia's story

Miriam is a member of the Patys FLC community bank in Cuenca. The great plains around the city are ideal for raising cattle and other livestock. The climate here is cold, but the people are warm and friendly. Cultural traditions are important and local people work hard to maintain them.

Miriam, 20, is single and lives with her parents. Her father raises cattle and her mother has her own store. The house where they live is owned by her parents.

Miriam has a beauty salon, a business that she operates in a small space at the house. She works Mondays to Saturdays, from 8:00 in the morning to 7:00 in the evening.

She has been a member of her community bank for a year. She is applying for a loan so that she can buy beauty products that she will resell to her customers. She wants to buy hair dyes, shampoo, nail polish and other similar products.

Her goal for the future is to own her own spa.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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