A loan of $675 helped to buy food supplies.


Elba Elsa's story

Elba is a member of the Medio Ejido communal bank. The time that she has spent with this group has strengthened her friendship with all of her neighbors and friends. She really likes this type of loan because it allows her to improve her financial stability. She lives on the outskirts of the city of Cuenca. This city has a lot of tourists because of its beautiful colonial architecture. It is bathed by four rivers and enveloped by expansive nature. Its people conserve the culture and traditions of their villages.

Elba, age 57, is divorced. However, the marriage produced two children, ages 24 and 22. He first child, a son, works and helps her financially. Her second child, a daughter, attends the university. She does not have her own house, so she rents where she lives.

Elba makes and sells tamales, "quimbolitos" [a corn-based steamed dessert], and “humitas” [a dish similar to tamales]. These are typical Ecuadorian dishes. She has had this business for 15 years. She sells these delightful dishes door to door. She works from Sunday to Sunday until she finishes selling her products.

She will use the loan to buy food supplies in order to prepare these typical dishes.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish


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