A loan of $1,100 helped to purchase ceramics, paint, thread, wool, and more.

Alexandra Isabel's story

Alexandra is a member of the communal bank “Las Cuencanitas”. She likes it since all the members are in unity and share pleasant moments at each meeting. She lives in the city of Cuenca, which is recognised for its natural, architectural, and cultural beauty. The city is home to great sportsmen, writers, and, above all, very kind people.

Alexandra is 29 years old and married. From her marriage she has a son, now 10 years of age, who is studying at a small school in the city. Her husband is a highly skilled artisan. They do not have their own house so they rent.

Alexandra is a woman who likes independence as much as her husband does; for this reason they have their own business, which is making and selling artisan products. They sell their products throughout the city. She learnt this activity from her husband and she likes it a lot because she can develop her skills and is not dependent on a boss.

She invested the previous loan in raw materials for her business, and as she obtained good profits she was able to settle many of her household expenses. She is repeating the loan in order to purchase more raw materials for her business, such as paint, ceramics, thread, and wool so the business keeps growing.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eloise Minogue

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