A loan of $875 helped to buy clay and paints.


Nila María's story

Nila is requesting her second loan with the communal bank La Paz. She lives in the city of Cuenca which receives many tourists to its historical center, designated in December 1999 as Culture Heritage site. Its four rivers, culture, tradition and gastronomy captivate both locals and visitors.

Nila, 48, is married and has seven children, three of whom are married. Three work and help her out economically and her youngest son is eight and goes to the city school. Her husband is a potter and they live in their own home.

Nilas works with her husband and they make clay crafts such as pots, spoons, baskets, etc. They have been in business for 25 years and it was her husband who taught her the craft, which is now a family business. They work Sunday through Sunday with no fixed schedule. She also raises chickens and guinea pigs at home.

She plans to use the new loan to buy clay and paints. Her goal is to expand the business and begin exporting their crafts.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess


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