A loan of $500 helped to buy dental materials.

Cumanda Patricia's story

Cumandá is a member of the communal bank Atenas del Ecuador. She lives in the area of Orquídeas in the city of Cuena. This city is surrounded by four rivers which give it the name Santa Ana de los Cuatro Ríos. It's been a World Heritage Site since 1999 due to its beautiful architecture and its people's culture.

Mrs. Cumandá is 31 years old, married, and from her marital union has conceived three children who are 11, 7, and 4 years old. Her first two children study at an elementary school in the city. Her husband is a driver and works driving a truck. They don't have their own home due to which they live in her father's home in an independent fashion.

Cumandá is a dentist and is already starting a dental practice. She has also been making a living selling Tooperweer brand name plastic products for seven months.

This is the first loan they are executing with the communal bank to which she was invited by a female friend. She is going to invest her loan in the purchase of dental materials.

Her goal is to do a masters in her profession.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Shannon Birk

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