A loan of $450 helped to buy a cart.

Mayra Alexandra's story

Mayra is a member of the Atenas communal bank. She lives in a beautiful area of the city of Cuenca. This city is called "the Athens of Ecuador". It's historical center is the biggest and best preserved in the country. It is also modern and attractive, with all modern comforts. Its local cuisine captures the palate of its own people and of travelers. Its people maintain their culture and traditions.

Mayra is a young 19 year old woman. She is in a common law marriage and has an 11 month old daughter. Her husband works as a private employee. They don't own their own home and live with her mother in law, with whom they share household expenses.

She is on her third loan in her communal bank. Previously she was working as a private employee, but now she will invest her new loan in buying a cart to sell fast food.

Her goal is to have a restaurant.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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