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A loan of $1,100 helped to buy fruit.

María Angelita's story

María has been a member of the “12 de Abril” communal bank for two years. She lives in Cuenca, a city that’s been a Cultural Heritage of Humanity since December, 1999. It has colonial and modern architecture and its residents are kind, pleasant and still preserve their culture and traditions.

María is 61-years-old and a single mother of two children who are married, independent adults now. The house she lives in is hers.

María works in a city market; she has a fruit and vegetable stand she works in every day with no rest. She learned this activity from her mother who taught her the art of sales. This business has helped her raise her family and improve her economic stability.

She used her previous loan to buy fruit and vegetables and repaid the loan as scheduled. She will use this new loan to buy seasonal fruit. She likes the communal bank because of the companionship among the group members.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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