A loan of $775 helped to buy fabric and thread.

Lourdes Esthela's story

Lourdes is a member of the communal bank "Mas que Vencedoras," and this is her third loan. She lives in the city of Azogues, a city that, due to its geography, sits astride a slope. Here the people are kind, gentle, and tenacious. The most intriguing aspect of the town is its church, which is located at one of the highest points of the city.

Lourdes, 28, is married and has 2 children aged 2 and 2 months. Her husband is a tailor. They don't own a home, so they live in a rented dwelling.

Lourdes works in her own business alongside her husband. She makes sports clothes and other garments, a trade that she learned on the job. She works Mondays through Saturdays. She will invest this loan in the purchase of fabric and threads. Her dream is to have her own house.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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