A loan of $675 helped to buy cinnamon, star anise, cloves and other spices.

Blanca Elena's story

Blanca has been a member of the “Futuro para un Bienestar” (A Future for Well-Being) communal bank for some time now. She’s established good bonds of friendship with all the group members. She lives in the city of Cuenca, a city that safeguards its history and keeps its colonial architecture intact. The city’s cuisine is varied and delights the palates of its visitors. Its people are kind, courteous and keep their culture and traditions alive.

Blanca’s 47-years-old and separated from her husband but while married had three children who are 27, 25 and 19 years of age. Her three children are married and live independently. She does not own a house; she rents.

Blanca has worked selling spices since she got married since her mother-in-law encouraged her and taught her the business which has made it possible for her to improve her home’s stability and to move her family forward.

She used the money from her previous loan to buy spices which produced good profits. She’s repeating the loan because she needs to buy clove, oregano, cinnamon and other spices to stay in business. She likes the communal bank because of the benefits she gets and the personalized attention she gets from her loan officer.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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