A loan of $875 helped to buy groceries.


Martha Rosalina's story

Martha has been a member of the communal bank Nueva Amistad for three years, during which time she has formed friendships with her neighbors and the other members. She likes this loan situation because at each meeting the members talk about items that interest them. She lives in Cumbe parish in Cuenca, a beautiful place where the temperature is cold but the residents' hearts are warm. Most of the residents raise livestock and farm, and they still maintain their culture and traditions.

Martha, 36, is married and has three children, 20, 19, and 7, with her husband. Her oldest son works and helps her out financially; her second son is in high school; and her youngest child attends a local school. Her husband drives a dump truck, and they live in their own house.

Martha does the housework and doesn't neglect her family, but she also has had her own business, a store and restaurant, for 12 years. She works a regular schedule every day of the week. She will use the loan to buy groceries to stock her store. Her goal is to grow her businesses.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer


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