A loan of $1,100 helped to buy fruits and vegetables like melon, watermelon, cucumber, tomato, etc.

Benedita Consuelo's story

Benedita Consuelo R. S. is a member of the Mejía communal bank which is located in Portoviejo, Manabí province. This is one of Ecuador's most beautiful regions due to its beaches and gastronomy.

Benedita Consuelo has been married for 37 years and has 3 children. She is a housewife but helps her husband to sell his fruits and vegetables (watermelon, melon, cucumber, tomatoes), especially along the coast.

Benedita's husband stocks up on product in Manabí and on Mondays and Tuesdays travels in his van to sell his merchandise in the tourist town of Salinas which is 4 hours away from their home. On the return trip he brings back coarse grain salt to sell in other towns along the way back home like Chone, Olmedo, and Santa Ana .

With the requested funds they will buy more fruit and vegetables to supply other towns in their area as well as surrounding townships.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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