A loan of $1,175 helped to purchase rice, sugar, cooking oils, detergents, canned goods and other basic needs products.

María Monserrate's story

The members of the communal bank named Valroc meets in the city of Rocafuerte every two weeks. This place is known for its delicious sweets prepared by the locals that are known throughout the country and for the warmth of the kind and hardworking people.

Here we meet Maria. She is 32 years old, separated, but from that relationship she has three children, aged 14, 13, and 4 years old. She is 9 months pregnant with her fourth child. The eldest children are in school and the youngest started school this year.

She has a convenience store in her house, selling all types of products such as rice, sugar, cooking oils, detergents, etc. She works every day from 6am to 8pm and sometimes even later than that. Her children help her with the work when they have spare time. She buys products to stock her store in Portoviejo although the majority of them are delivered to her store. She says that she has 10 years in the business and this is how she is able to support her children, especially now that she is alone.

This loan will be used to stock her store and so she will purchase rice, sugar, cooking oil, detergents, canned goods and other basic needs products. She has been with her communal bank for two years and she enjoys partaking for the seriousness of her colleagues and of the organization.

Her goal is to keep her business going and to make her store grow more every day.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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