A loan of $775 helped to buy chickens.

Lourdes Esperanza's story

Lourdes is a member who is getting her third loan in Unión Progresista Communal Bank. She's a very young and happy woman with every desire to get ahead. She lives near the parish of Santa Ana in Cuenca, a place of beautiful scenery because of its rugged geography. The people there make a living in agriculture and raising animals, and many work in the city.

Lourdes is the single mother of a three-year-old girl. She still doesn't have her own house so she rents.

Lourdes works as a domestic servant all day Monday through Friday. At home she raises and sells chickens. These activities allow her to improve her economic situation.

She's going to invest her new loan in buying chickens to grow more in this business.

Her dream is to have a restaurant.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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