A loan helped to buy rice.


Melany Shantal's story

Melany Shantal is 23 years old. She is married and at this time has no children. Her husband is a professional driver and works as a taxi driver. They live in her mother's house in Portoviejo, a city that was affected by the earthquake of April 16, 2016, and now also by the COVID-19 pandemic. The city is rich in the production of vegetables, legumes, and tropical fruits for domestic consumption.

Melany Shantal is a dealer in rice. She goes to buy in the mills of various sectors and also from the farmers, who give her the rice at good prices. She distributes it through various sectors.

This loan is to buy rice.

Her dreams are to have children and for her business to continue growing.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry.


This loan is special because:

It helps borrowers withstand negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.



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