A loan of $1,100 helped to buy meat, sausage, potatoes, onions, oil, etc.

Gloria Elida's story

Gloria is a member of the communal bank Cristo del Consuelo. She lives in the city of Cuenca. This city is part of the December 1999 Cultural Heritage of Humanity. It’s a city that’s a mix of colonial and modern, where the people observe the culture and traditions of their parents.

Gloria is 34 years old, in a common law marriage, and has had 3 children who are 18, 11, and 5 years old. Her oldest son works to support himself, and her last two children study in a small school in the city. Her spouse is a chauffeur and works by hiring out his services in a van that he owns. They don’t have their own home and for that reason rent.

Gloria sells chuzos (meat on a stick). She’s been in this business for 12 years, and she work from Monday to Saturday from 4 in the afternoon until 7 at night.

She’s been a member of the bank for 3 years, and she will invest her new loan into the purchase of meat, sausage, potatoes, onions, oil, etc for her business.

Her dream is to have her own home.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jodi Nelan

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