A loan of $675 helped buy cheese, peanuts, and spicy sausages to sell.

Fidencia Del Pilar's story

Pilar is a member of the Rocafuerte Community Bank. The group has 21 members who live in the town of Rocafuerte, which is approximately a half hour from the city of Portoviejo. The city is very well known for the sweets they sell. The Rocafuerte group is very united, and the women get along very well with each other. The day of our interview with Pilar was one of the member’s birthdays. They served snacks, and each member gave a small amount of money to give her as a gift.

Pilar is a 56 year old widow. She has five grown children, and they have their own families. She has ten grandchildren, and four more are on the way.

She sells cheese, peanuts, and spicy sausages from her home. She delivers her products to homes and also to institutions. She has had the business for 15 years. She buys the cheese from her son, who sells it wholesale. The prices change a little day to day, but she normally buys for $1.30 a pound. She sells it for $1.60 a pound. She sells between 80 and 100 pounds each week.

This business has served her well since her husband died. She has income to pay for her necessities and for the household expenses (light, telephone, etc.).

Pilar is asking the Fundación Espoir for a loan to spend little by little buying cheese. She has many dreams and projects for the future.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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