A loan of $350 helped to buy provisions.

Luz María's story

Luz is on her eighth loan. She's part of Las Flores Communal Bank, time in which she has strengthened her friendship with all the members of the group. This group is known for all the members having a lot of charisma. She lives in the parish of Ricaurte in Cuenca, a place where modern and old architecture are mixed, the cuisine is varied, and the people are friendly and helpful.

Luz, 66, is married and from this relationship has had seven children who are now adults. Six of them are married and live independently; her single son works and helps her financially. The house she lives in is her own property, the fruit of her labor with her husband in their youth. Her husband makes a living in agriculture.

Luz makes a living raising animals and also has a store where she works from Sunday through Sunday with no fixed schedule. She chose this work because she can take care of her house and at the same time help get her family ahead financially.

She invested her previous loan in buying supplies for her store, from which she got good profits that were of great help to her family. She's going to invest her new loan in buying more supplies to expand her business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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