A loan of $450 helped to buy sweets.

Rosa Leticia's story

Rosa has been a member of the "Mujeres Floreciendo" communal bank for four years. During this time she has developed strong friendships and a spirit of comradeship with all the members. Rosa lives in the Valle parish of Cuenca, a place where the architecture is a mix of adobe houses and modern buildings. The parish has seen substantial growth and been pushed forward due to business in the area. The local industries are raising animals and agriculture but, in spite of everything, the area has not left behind its culture and traditions. The people of Valle are friendly and kind and every day they look for a way of improving their quality of life at home.

Rosa is 52 years old. She is divorced but she had four children when she was married, all of whom are now adults. Three of her children work and help Rosa financially. Only the last son is studying at a college in the city, She does not have her own house so lives in her mother's house. She is independent, though.

Rosa makes a living selling sweets from her own promises, situated in one of the city's shopping districts. She has been doing this work for 13 years, working seven days a week with no fixed hours.

Her loan will be invested in buying sweets for her demanding customers.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw

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