A loan of $900 helped to buy fabric, thread, buttons, zippers, etc.


María Livia's story

María is a member of the “Despertad” (Awaken) communal bank. She lives in the city of Cuenca, a city that since 1999 has been a cultural heritage of humanity. Its people are very skilled with their hands and the art of jewelry making has a life of its own; cuisine is varied and enchants the palates of visitors. Its residents maintain the culture and traditions of its peoples. María is 30 years old living in a common law relationship and has had five children who are 13, 9, 7, 2 and 1 years of age. Her oldest son is in secondary school and two of them go to the local elementary school. Her husband manufactures sportswear. They do not own a house, they are renters. María, like her husband, makes sportswear, an activity they’ve been doing for ten years. Since it’s their own business they work Sunday to Sunday with no fixed schedule. This is the third loan she’s taken with the communal bank and she will use it to buy raw materials like fabric, thread, buttons, zippers, etc. to continue with her business. Her goal is to have a large workshop with several employees.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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