A loan of $1,100 helped to buy tables and dinnerware.

Mery Antonieta's story

Mery is taking out her third loan in the “Génesis” communal bank. She lives in Los Cerezos in the city of Cuenca, a cold climate place surrounded by exuberant vegetation that’s been a Cultural Heritage of Humanity since December, 1999. Its residents are kind, gracious and still preserve the culture and traditions of its peoples.

Mery’s 49-years-old, married and has had six children who are 25, 24-year-old twins, 23, 20 and 9 years of age. Three of her children work and help her out economically, one son is married and lives independently and one son is single and lives independently. Her youngest daughter is attending a local elementary school. Her husband is a car body repairman and has his own shop. The house she lives in is hers.

Mery works selling cosmetics, an activity she’s been in for the last three years. Since she’s an enterprising woman, two months ago she started a food business and to date is doing very well in it.

She used her previous loan to buy cosmetics to increase her inventory and had no problem repaying that loan; she made all payments as scheduled. She will use her new loan to fix up her food stand; she will buy tables and dinnerware. She likes the communal bank because good fellowship exists in it.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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