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María Agustina
The communal bank “Mujeres” (Women) meets every 2 weeks in the Santa Clara neighborhood of the city of Manta. Manta is known for its beautiful beaches that are often visited by national and foreign tourists all year round. Manta is one of the most important ports in the country and in South America and is located on the Pacific coast.

Here we meet María, a single mother of an adorable 9 month old baby girl. María lives with her parents. She has worked with the communal bank for five loan cycles and she likes it because, thanks to the loans, she has been able to improve her business and earn enough to support herself and her baby.

She makes and sells bocadillos (sandwiches) and fast food such as empanadas (flattened fried dough stuffed with meats or sweets) tortillas, yucca bread, and corviches (fried rolls stuffed with shredded meats, plantains, etc) and she also sells sodas and natural juices. She works every afternoon with the help of one of her sisters. She tells us that she has had the business for three years and thank God, it gives her enough for her expenses and those of her daughter.

She will use the loan to buy oil, plantains, peanuts and other ingredients to prepare the food. Her dream is to have a big restaurant.
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En EL Barrio Santa Clara de la ciudad de Manta, conocido por sus hermosas playas que son muy visitadas en toda época del año por turistas nacionales y extranjeros, es uno de los puertos más importantes del país y de América y está situado a orillas del Pacifico, cada 15 días se reúne el Banco Comunal Mujeres Activas.

Aquí conocimos a María, ella es madre soltera de una linda bebe de nueve meses de nacida. Ella vive en casa de sus padres. Lleva en el Banco Comunal cinco ciclos y le gusta porque gracias a estos créditos a podido sacar su negocio adelante para ganarse el sustento diario y el de su bebe.

Tiene un negocio en el cual se dedica preparar y vender bocadillos y comida rápida como: empanadas, tortillas, panes de almidón, corviches, además de vender sodas y jugos naturales. Trabaja todos los días en las tardes y una hermana le ayuda en su negocio el cual nos cuenta que lo tiene ya por tres años y que gracias a Dios le da lo necesario para sus gastos y los de su pequeña hija.

Este crédito lo va utilizar en comprar aceite, plátano, maní y otros ingredientes para la preparación de los alimentos. Sus sueños son tener un gran restaurante.


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  • $10,200
    Average annual income
  • 51
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  • $23,490,725
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    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,100 helped María Agustina to buy oil, plantains, peanuts and other ingredients to make her food.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Jan 31, 2011
Listed
Feb 6, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
Aug 15, 2011