A loan of $550 helped to buy crockery and remodel the premises.


María Rosario's story

Señora María is has been a member of the El Arenal communal bank for 3 years, over which time she has come to have very good friendships and they have become like a family. She lives in the Vecino neighbourhood in the city of Cuenca, which enjoys a rolling geography and beautiful landscapes. There are many places to enjoy nature and its colonial architecture gave it the title of World Heritage Site in December 1999.

Doña María is 50 years old and is married with 3 adult children. Two are married and live independently. Her unmarried son studies at university. Her husband works as a teacher. They do not have their own home and so they rent.

Señora María enjoys cooking, which is why she has had a restaurant for 15 years. She works there Monday - Saturday with no fixed hours. This work has allowed her to contribute to the household income.

Her new loan will be invested in remodelling the premises and to buy crockery.

Her dream is to finish building a house so that they don't have to rent.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jessica Brown


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