A loan of $675 helped buy clothes.


Gladys Teresa's story

Gladys is part of the credit group María Reina de la Paz. She lives in the city of Cuenca, a place that enjoys a cold climate and is bathed by 4 rivers. Cuenca has several places to enjoy nature, and its center zealously holds its history. The people maintain the culture and traditions of their villages. Gladys is 42 years old, married, and the fruit of her union are three chidren, ages 19, 15, and 10 years old. Her first daughter is studying at the university, her second son is in high school, and her last daughter studies at a small school in the city. Gladys's husband is a mining engineer. They do not have have they're own home, but are renting. Gladys has been selling clothes for some years, and this job has allowed her to improve the economy of the household and the well being of her family. She invested her previous loan to purchase merchandise, from which she earned good profits, and she is repeating the loan to buy fashionable clothes for her clients. She likes her borrowing group because of the solidarity, unity and fellowship that exists within it.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Victoria Estrada


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