A loan of $450 helped to buy cosmetics.

Abigail María's story

Señorita Abigail is on her first loan in the communal bank Sentimientos (Feelings), to which she was invited by her sister. She lives in the city of Cuenca. This city is from the December 1999 Cultural Heritage of Humanity; it has as much natural as colonial beauty and its people still keep alive the flame of their culture and cuisine.

Señorita Abigail is 18, single, and lives with her sister. They do not have a house of their own which is why they rent.

She is a native of the neighboring province of Cañar but came to the city to devote herself to her studies; she continues the course of Textile Design and Fashions in one of the universities in the city. In order to meet the expenses of her studies she very recently started making a living as a dance instructor and by selling cosmetics.

She is going to invest the money from her loan in the purchase of cosmetics. Her dream is to become a good professional.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Stephanie Sawyer

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