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Mercedes Auxiliadora
Every two weeks, the members of the 'Luz de América' community bank meet in the city of Portoviejo, the capital of Manabí. This city has been known for many years as the 'City of the Royal Tamarind Trees'.

Here we meet Mercedes who is 64 years old. Eight months ago her husband died and she was left a widow. However, she had seven children from this beautiful relationship. All her children are now grown up and three still live with her.

Mercedes has a grocery store in her home where she sells products such as rice, sugar, oil and detergents. She works in her store every day from 6.00am to 8.00pm and sometimes until even later because, as she works from her home, she doesn't find it hard to serve her customers until later. She tells us that her store keeps her occupied and helps her to forget her loss a little. Her children help her in her work when they have time. She buys some of her products in the center of Portoviejo and some are delivered direct to her premises.

Mercedes will use this loan to better stock her store. She will buy rice, sugar, oil, detergents, sausages and other essentials. She has been a member of her community bank from the beginning. She is president of her community bank and she likes it because of the solidarity of the group. Her dreams are to have a well-sorted house and a bigger business.
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En la ciudad de Portoviejo, capital de Manabí conocida desde hace muchos años como la ciudad de los reales tamarindos, se reúnen cada quince días las socias del Banco Comunal Luz De América.

En este lugar encontramos a la señora Mercedes, tiene 64 años de edad y hace ocho meses su esposo falleció y quedo ella viuda, pero de esa linda y recordada relación tuvo siete hijos los mismos que ya son todos mayores de edad, tres de ellos viven con ella.

Ella tiene una tienda de víveres de consumo en su casa, en la cual vende productos como: arroz, azúcar, aceites, detergentes, en la cual trabaja todos los días desde las 6am hasta las 20h00 y a veces hasta más tarde ya que como esta en su casa no se le dificulta atender hasta más tarde, nos cuenta que en su tienda ella se entretiene y olvida un poco su pérdida, sus hijos le ayudan en su trabajo cuando tienen tiempo. Los productos los compra en el centro de Portoviejo y algunos los recibe en su local.

Este crédito lo va a emplear en surtir mas su tienda, va a comprar arroz, azúcar, aceite, detergentes, embutidos y otros productos de primera necesidad. Está en el Banco Comunal desde el principio, es la presidenta del Banco y le gusta por la solidaridad del grupo. Sus sueños son tener su casa bien arreglada y un negocio más grande.

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  • $10,600
    Average annual income
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Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,100 helped Mercedes Auxiliadora to buy rice, sugar, oil, detergents, sausages and other essentials.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Dec 13, 2010
Listed
Jan 1, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
May 15, 2011