A loan of $350 helped buying raw materials and supplies for her store.


Sebastiana Cristina's story

Cristina belongs to the Communal Bank San Juan Eudes, located in the city of Montecristi, Manabí province. Most residents of this city are craftspeople and furniture makers.

Cristina is 53 years old, and has been married for 18 years. She lives with her husband and one of her children - the others are grown and live in western Ecuador.

Cristina has been with Fundación Espoir for 10 cycles and she has grown her little grocery store for the last six years. She has never stopped working and every day she puts everything into her business. She tells us that her husband is currently unemployed and he helps her at the grocery store.

Cristina also sells Panama hats; she makes the hats, and once finished, she takes them to the city of Guayaquil to sell in the stores there. Cristina is a hardworking woman and she makes time to take care of her two businesses.

With this loan, Cristina will buy products and drinks for her grocery store and raw materials to make her Panama hats.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Violeta Rubiani


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