A loan of $1,625 helped to buy provisions and to pay for labor.

María Gabriela's story

The members of Trabajando para un Futuro Communal Bank meet every two weeks in Rocafuerte Canton, a place known for the delicious locally-made sweets that are known all over the country and for the warmth of its hardworking and kind people.

This is where María lives. She's 27 years old and has a common-law relationship from which she has a six-year-old child, who is in school. Her husband makes a living in agriculture.

María and her father-in-law have a grocery store in his house where they sell all types of provisions, some medicine, and telephone cards, which give them extra profits. She needs this loan not only to stock her business even more but also to give to her husband, who needs to prepare the plot of land on which he's going to plant pearl onion.

She's getting another loan because the first one was so useful to her in expanding the products in her store, which gave her very good income. She's going to use this loan to buy provisions and pay laborers to prepare her husband's plot of land.

She has been in the communal bank since the beginning and she likes it because of the help they give her with the loans. Her objective is to expand her business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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