A loan of $875 helped to buy soft-drinks, snacks, sweets, etc.


María Concepción's story

María is the president of the “Futuro para un Bienestar” (Future for Wellbeing) communal bank and is taking out her sixth loan in this group. She lives in the city of Cuenca’s Racar sector, a place where the beauty of nature can be enjoyed. Its residents are hardworking and for the most part work manufacturing bricks and roof tiles. They also work in agriculture and raise animals. Some work in the city in various economic activities. They still preserve their culture and traditions.

María is 48-years-old, separated from her husband but while married had five children. Two of them are married and live independently, one of her daughters is studying nursing, another daughter is in secondary school and her youngest daughter attends a local elementary school. The house she lives in is hers.

She is an enterprising woman who set up a food stand a month ago and has a small kiosk where she sells soft-drinks, candy, snacks, etc. For the moment, she’s doing well because she has more customers every day. At home she raises pigs, chickens and guinea pigs and also works in agriculture growing vegetables that she sells in one of the city markets.

She will use her new loan to invest in her kiosk; she will buy soft-drinks, snacks, sweets and other products for the business. Her goal is to finish her house.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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