A loan of $550 helped to buy foodstuffs, tables and chairs.

Antonia Soraya's story

Antonia’s a very active member of the “Mujeres con Visión” (Women with Vision) communal bank. She likes this communal bank because at each meeting she meets with her girlfriends and she can get out of her daily work routine. She lives in the city of Cuenca, a city with a rich history as well as beautiful colonial architecture. Its cuisine is a delight for locals and foreigners alike. Its people still keep their culture and traditions alive.

Antonia is 41-years-old, married and has had five children who are 20, 16, 14, and 10 years of age; her youngest is 6-months-old. Two of her children work, help with household chores and study; one in high school and the other one in the local little school. Her husband works as a private employee. She does not own a house; she rents.

Antonia works making and selling food in a small locale she has; she also sells cosmetics. These activities make it possible for her to improve her household’s economic stability and move her entire family forward.

She used her previous loan to buy foodstuffs for her business and earned good profits from them. She’s repeating the loan because she needs to buy foodstuffs, tables and chairs to improve her locale.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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