A loan of $875 helped to buy clothing.

Karina Verónica's story

Karina has been a member of the Loma de la Cruz communal bank for some time. She lives in the outskirts of the city of Cuenca.

Cuenca is characterized by a cold climate, but its people have warm hearts. There are various places to enjoy nature, and one can also enjoy the culture, traditions, and gastronomy of the region.

Karina is 22 years old. She lives with her partner and has a 2-year-old child. Her spouse is a merchant. They don't have their own house, so they are renting.

She is a very enterprising woman who fights for financial stability. For four years, she has made a living as a traveling clothes saleswoman. For the past six months, she has also been working as a private employee. These two activities give her more financial solvency and ensure that she and her family will be better off.

She used her previous loan to buy clothing, and she will use the new loan in the same way, investing in clothing to sell to her demanding and select clientele. She paid off her previous loan on the appropriate dates. She likes being a member of her communal bank because the loans give her the opportunity to grow her business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Volz

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