A loan of $1,000 helped to pay to install a roof on her store and to buy food products.

Johanna Elizabeth's story

Johanna is a member of the 'Corazones de Turi' community bank. She lives in Corazón de Jesús community, in Turi parish, in Cuenca. This parish is known for the beauty of its church and is also known because, from there, you can admire a large part of the city of Cuenca. The local people are kind, friendly, hard-working and tenacious. They work in commerce, livestock raising and farming.

Johanna is 24 years old, married and has two children from her marriage who are 5 years and 1 year old. Her eldest daughter attends an elementary school in the city. Her husband works in construction. They do not own their own home but live in her mom's house, sharing the household expenses.

Johanna tells us that she is enjoying good health, as are the other members of her family. She thanks God for her blessings.

Our member raises animals at home. She does this work so that she can be with her children and take care of them.

Johanna invested the money from her previous loan in buying construction supplies so that she could build premises for a store. She will invest her new loan in paying to have a roof installed on the store. She will also buy food products so that she can start her business. She likes her community bank because of the education talks that they attend during each meeting and because of the personal attention that she receive.

Johanna's dreams are to build her home and to study at university.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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