A loan of $1,300 helped to buy food items.

Olga María's story

Olga is a cheerful, charismatic member of the Atenas communal bank. She lives in the Orquídeas sector of Cuenca, a city of great natural and architectonic beauty that’s bathed by four rivers; it’s a city full of kind, warmhearted people.

Olga was in a traffic accident some time ago where she suffered a head injury and had to have surgery; she came out of the operation very well though and is recovering more every day.

Olga is 51-years-old, married and has six children. Two of them are adults, one of her daughters is married and lives on her own, her four sons work and help out economically and two of them attend university; her youngest son is attending high-school in the city. Her husband is a driver by profession and provides transportation service in a taxi he owns.

She is a very tenacious, enterprising woman who has had a grocery store at home for some years where she sells products like oil, vinegar, basic grains, codfish, etc. She also sells kitchen supplies.

She used her previous loan to buy building materials to finish her house but despite all the health problems she’s going through she’s had no problem repaying said loan since she’s a very responsible woman. She will use her new loan to buy food items to increase her store’s stock. She likes the communal bank because the loans allow her to improve her economic activity and move her entire family forward.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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