A loan of $675 helped to buy provisions to sell and compost for her husband's crops.

María Elicita's story

The Communal Bank “Santa Rosa del Blanco” meets every 15 days in the city of Charapoto. This area is known for its traditional culture. It is also located a few minutes away from two of the best beaches in the province, San Jacinto and San Clemente.

Sra. María lives in this place. She is 38 years old, in a common-law relationship, and has five children. Two of her children are grown and the remaining three are ages 16, 11, and 5. The three younger children live with her and attend school. Her husband is a merchant and farmer.

Dona María is taking out a loan for the family business. They have a grocery store in the city of Portoviejo that is in a rented location. They sell all types of basic necessity products. María must travel there every day from her house in order to sell her products. Her husband grows rice and corn throughout the year. They strive to provide the best for their children’s well-being in an honest manner.

This loan will be used to restock her store with more products. She will buy provisions, as well as compost for their crops. María has been with the Communal Bank from the beginning and she enjoys having the assistance. Her dreams include having a shop of her own.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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