Total loan: $800

Jessica Alexandra

Montecristi, Manabí Province, Ecuador / Food

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Jessica Alexandra's story

The Communal Bank "Virgen del Rosario" meets every 15 days in Colorado, which is located in the canton of Montecristi. This area is known for its rich pre-colonial culture and its handicrafts that are recognized on a national and international level. Most of the residents of this area engage in the manufacture of tagua buttons, handicrafts, and trade in general.

Sra. Jessica lives in this place. She is 27 years old, married, and has three children (ages 10, 9, and 5), all of whom are in school. Her husband is a merchant.

Jessica helps her husband with the household expenses since he does not earn enough to cover everything. Five years ago, she started a small restaurant business in her home. Every day, she prepares delicious fish "ceviche" (marinated seafood) in the mornings. At night, she sells fried pork. All of her dishes are served with juices, sodas, or other beverages preferred by her customers. Jessica also uses the loans she receives from her Communal bank to help her husband with his business. He sells fish and travels around the city to offer his products. Jessica says that the loans are the only way for the two of them to continue working.

This loan will be used to buy provisions for the dishes she prepares, as well as fish for her restaurant and for her husband to sell. She has been with her Communal Bank for three loan cycles and enjoys the assistance the loans have given her. Her goals are to move forward in her business and to provide a good education for her children.