A loan of $1,300 helped to buy a refrigerator.


Rosa María's story

Rosa is a member of the “Renacer Uncovia” communal bank. She lives in Cuenca’s outskirts, a city noted for the beauty of its historic city center which blends the colonial with the modern and which led to it’s being designated a Cultural Heritage of Humanity in December, 1999. Its varied cuisine enchants the palates of locals and foreigners alike and its residents are kind, polite, warmhearted people.

Rosa is 61-years-old, married and has 8 children. Seven of them are married and live on their own. Her daughter is single and helps out economically. Her husband is a merchant. They do not own a house; they rent.

Rosa is originally from Esmeraldas Province but came to the city because a daughter invited her and she liked the city very much. She sells food from place to place, an activity she’s been in for ten years. She works Sunday to Sunday with no fixed schedule.

This is the sixth loan she’s taken with the communal bank and will use this new loan to buy a refrigerator she needs very much for her business. Her goal is to own a house in the city of Cuenca.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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