A loan of $1,550 helped to buy groceries, bazaar articles and stationery supplies.

Janeth María's story

The communal bank "3 de Mayo" meets every 15 days in the Jipijapa Canton, a canton which is called the "Sultana del Café" because of its extensive plantations of coffee known for its unequaled flavor, and famous for its gastronomy and warmth of its people.

This is where we met Mrs. Janeth, 49, who is a single mother of three children who are adults. One of them still lives with her. She has been a member of the communal bank since it began, and she is happy with it because of the assistance she has received until now in terms of loans that have helped increase her business.

She runs a general store out of her home and sells all kinds of essential products, as well as bazaar articles and stationery goods. She works every day from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and sometimes even later. Her son helps her at night when he has time. She ha been in business for over 20 years and it is going well. She says that every loan she receives is to expand her store, since customers are always requesting a variety of products and she wants to provide good service so as not lose them.

This loan will be used to stock her store, as she will buy groceries, bazaar articles and stationery goods.

Her goal is to get ahead and have the best store in the city.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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