A loan of $550 helped to buy kitchen cloths.

Ana Beatriz's story

Ana is a member of the "Estrellitas" communal bank. She lives in the Totoracocha area of the city of Cuenca. This city is a mixture of the colonial and the modern, with vast natural landscapes. The variety of its cuisine captivates the palate of locals and visitors. Its people, who are warm and friendly, make this a beautiful and very hospitable city.

Ana is 46, married, with three children, ages 27, 20 and 11, Her eldest daughter is married and lives independently. Her second child works in order to cover her personal expenses, and her youngest child goes to a small school in the city. Her husband is a professional photographer. They don't have their own house, so they live in rented accommodation.

Ana sells kitchen cloths in the street. She has done this for five years, and works from Sunday to Sunday with no fixed hours.

She is on her 13th loan with the communal bank, and she is going to use it to buy kitchen cloths for the Christmas season.

Her dream is to have her own house.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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