A loan of $450 helped to buy Tupperware and cosmetic products.

María's story

María has been a kind, courteous, and charismatic member of credit group 26-71 for a year and a half now. She lives in the city of Cuenca, a city surrounded by grand landscapes, which has been a World Heritage Site since December 1999. Its people are happy and very hard-working, yet they still maintain their culture and the traditions of their communities.

María is 45 and is in a common-law marriage. She has three children with her husband, ages 20, 18, and 13. Her eldest son suffers from a disability, so he lives at home, while her two younger daughters are studying at a school in the city. Her husband works as a driver. They don't have their own house, so they rent.

María is a native of the province of Esmeraldas, and she came to this city 13 years ago. She makes her living as a street vendor of Tupperware (plastic items) and cosmetics from Leodine and Yanbal. She has had this business for eight years and she works from Monday to Saturday without a fixed schedule.

She will invest the money from her loan in the purchase of Tupperware and cosmetics in order to continue growing her business.

Her dream is to own her own house.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Will Morningstar

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