A loan of $800 helped to buy pots, flatware, and ingredients.

Dolores Esmeralda's story

Dolores is a member of the “La Paz” communal bank and lives in the Ricuarte parish, located in the northeast of the city of Cuenca, and is made up of 36 neighborhoods. Its residents are farmers and their main crops are corn and potatoes. They also raise animals, such as livestock and Guinea pigs. The women wear typical clothing, such as “polleras,” which is a wide and very pretty skirt. They also wear white blouses, cloth and canvas shoes and white hats. They are kind and gentle people.

Dolores is the single mother of five children, two of whom are married and on their own. Two of her other children work only to earn money for their personal expenses. The youngest one, age 12, attends a local school. She lives in a rented home.

Dolores has had a restaurant for a year and a half and works seven days a week from 7:00am to 7:00pm.

This will be her fourth loan in the communal bank and she will invest the money in pots, flatware, and ingredients to make her products.

Her goal is to grow her business and set up other branches.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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