A loan of $675 helped to buy tables, chairs, kitchen utensils, and supplies.


Fanny Monserrate's story

In an area of Manta city called Umiña the communal bank of the same name meets. We talk with Fanny who is an excellent member, dedicated to her restaurant for the last 22 years. It all began when a buddy and a medical friend helped her so that Fanny could sell food in the Seguro de Manta Hospital in an area designated for her. She was able to set up her space and begin working from scratch.

In the beginning she had some difficult moments because she was not allowed to have her business there but the will of our member in wanting to work was stronger and she is still working currently.
Our member Fanny is married and she has 6 adult sons. Her husband is a shopkeeper and he has looked after a supply shop in their neighborhood for the last 6 years. Fanny's daughter helps her in the restaurant.

Now with this new loan our member will invest in her business to give her customers better service, as she needs to make various changes like tables, chairs, plates and other utensils for the kitchen as well as investing in supplies and general products that she needs to prepare her food. She leaves home at 5 in the morning for the Manta city central market to make her purchases then at 7 she is selling breakfast, at midday lunch and in the afternoons snacks like empañadas, sweets and soft drinks. She works until 6 in the evening every day of the week.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catherine Dent


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