A loan of $675 helped to purchase cosmetics.


Viviana De Jesús's story

Viviana is a happy, charismatic and active member who is taking out her second loan with the Sector 3 Marías community bank. She lives in the Virgen de Bronce sector of the city of Cuenca, a city which enjoys a cool climate. The city is a mixture of the colonial and the modern, and its people are warm and friendly. Viviana is 35 years old, married and has four children, ages 13, 12, 10 and 9. All four go to school. Her husband is a carpenter, and they rent their home. To spend more time at home caring for her children, Viviana has worked selling various brands of cosmetics for the past three years. She sells her products throughout the city Monday through Friday and doesn't have a fixed schedule, and three times a week she works as a maid for half the day. She plans to use the loans to purchase cosmetics to expand her business. Her goal is to have her own store to sell her products.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein


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