A loan of $675 helped to buy magazines and lottery tickets.

María Virginia's story

María is a founding partner of the village bank Mujeres Triunfadoras [Women Achievers]. She likes this group a lot for its friendliness, companionship and loyalty of all of its members.

She lives by the Del Arenal district in the city of Cuenca, a place with a cold climate and a World Heritage Site since 1999 thanks to the beauty of its architecture. Its food is varied and captures the palate of those who visit it, its people are kind, gentle and still maintain the culture and traditions of their people.

María, 55, is a single mother of four children, three of whom are married and live independently. Her 11 year-old studies in a school in the city. She does not have her own house; she rents. María has been making her living selling magazines and lottery tickets for 36 years. She likes this work a lot and she works every day from 5 in the morning until 7 at night.

She will invest the money of her loan into the purchase of magazines and lottery tickets to continue growing in her small business. Her dream is to buy herself land and build her house.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alex Martin

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