A loan of $450 helped to buy animal feed and wood.

Dolores De Los Angeles's story

Dolores has been part of Las Flores Communal Bank for eight years, during which time her group has come to be like her family. She lives in the parish of Paccha in Cuenca, a place that has beautiful scenery thanks to its rugged geography. The people there are warm hearted, friendly, and helpful, and they make a living in hard work such as raising animals and agriculture, and many work in the city doing various jobs.

Dolores, 51, is married and from this union has had three children, ages 20, 18, and 16. Her first daughter studies in the university, her second daughter studies in a beauty academy, and her third child, a son, studies in a school in the city. Her husband has a furniture shop. They don't have their own house so they rent.

Dolores spends her time doing the housework at home. She uses the little space she has to raise guinea pigs and chickens. She also works every day in her husband's workshop where he works Sunday through Sunday without a set schedule.

She's going to invest her loan in buying wood for her husband's furniture shop and feed for her animals.

Her dream is to have a business selling food.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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