A loan of $1,625 helped purchase fabric and thread.


Saida Patricia's story

For the three years, Saida has been part of the communal bank "Las Cuencanitas" (The Ladies of Cuenca) and has continuously built her friendship with her partners. She lives in the city of Cuenca, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since December 1999. It has a cold climate and a varied gastronomy that captivates the palate of both natives and locals alike. Its people are friendly, kind, and most importantly, they preserve the culture and traditions of their villages. Saida is 39 years old. She is divorced, but she has a 19-year-old son from her marriage who is studying in a high school in the city. She rents rather than owning her own home. Saida is the owner of a small shop where she makes sportswear, a business she has run for fifteen years. She is entirely professional in this field, having studied it, and as it is her own business, she works every single day, Sunday to Sunday, without a set schedule. Her new credit will be invested in the purchase of fabric and threads. Her goal is to enlarge her shop and hire workers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Shannon Skoglund


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