A loan of $1,625 helped to buy commodities and strengthen her business.

Maria Rosa's story

María is 48 and lives in Pastocalle parish, Latacunga canton, located in Ecuador's Andean region. Latacunga is a welcoming city. Its cathedral and the Church of San Francisco exemplify the beauty of religious art, and its cobblestone streets are lined with the brightly colored facades of traditional homes that stand out in the dusty environment. Latacunga comes from the Quichua words "llacata kunka" that mean "God of the Lakes". In November, the paved streets are filled with people celebrating the joyous feast honoring the Virgen de las Mercedes during the ceremony of Mama Negra, who symbolizes the fertility of the land.

María is married to Luis, with whom she has 4 children, ages 8, 11, 12, and 18. To help support her household, she makes brooms, work she learned from her parents. She works 8 hours a day without help. She says her greatest obstacle has always been not being able to continue her education. She only finished elementary school. She has not had easy access to financing, which has complicated the growth of her business. María wants to strengthen her business, which requires receiving a loan to buy commodities to make a large batch of her product. She expects to generate better income with the investment and give her children a better life.

María's greatest dream is to see her children complete their education and have decent careers through which they will contribute to the country's growth. She works hard every day to achieve her dream.

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