A loan of $675 helped purchase products such as rice, sugar, vegetables, meat, and medicine to stock her business.


Maria Alexandra's story

María Alexandra Párraga S. is a member to the “24th of September” Community Bank, located in the city of Portoviejo in Manabí province. María is married and has three children.


María has been a businesswoman for ten years. She has a grocery store and pharmacy in her parents' home. Among the items sold in her shop are first aid supplies, red meat, fish, chicken, and vegetables. Her shop is open from 6:00 am until 10:00 pm, seven days a week, so her sister helps her run it.


She will invest this loan in products such as rice, sugar, vegetables, meat, and medicine to stock her business. She will also cover some outstanding debts to her suppliers.


María's dream is to start a supermarket to offer better service and a greater variety of products to her customers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer k vickery


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