A loan of $450 helped to buy meat, sausages, potatoes, oil, etc.

Zoila Aurora's story

Mrs. Zoila is a member of the communal bank "Cristo del Consuelo" and lives in the city of Cuenca, which in December, 1999, was designated as a World Heritage Site. The city is a mix of colonial and modern and its people maintain their parents' culture and traditions.

Zoila, 43, is a single mother of four children, ages 22, 20, 19 and 18. Her eldest and youngest sons work and help her economically. Her eldest daughter is married and lives independently and her other daughter attends school in the city. They live in a rented house.

Zoils earns a living selling "chuzos" (meat on a stick) and has been in business for 25 years. She workins Sunday to Sunday and has no fixed work schedule. She also raises chickens that she sells.

She has been a member in the communal bank for four years. The new loan will be used to buy meat, sausages, potatoes, oil, etc., to continue with her business.

Her goal is to buy land and to build a house.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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