A loan of $550 helped to purchase rice, sugar, cooking oil, eggs, etc.

Dolores Cecilia's story

The community bank named August 30 meets every two weeks in the district of Picoaza in the city of Portoviejo. The region is known for its commerce, their traditional feast days of San Pedro and San Pablo, and for the happy population.

Dolores has lived with her boyfriend for the past 20 years and they have three children together. They are all minors and two are in school. Her boyfriend sells lottery tickets in the streets of Portoviejo.

She, like her husband, sells lottery tickets, working from Monday to Friday for four or five hours a day. On weekends she and her husband go to fairs in neighboring villages because that is when the tickets sell the best. She says that the business is profitable but she doesn't want to work far from home anymore because of the children. She would like to set up a store in her home instead.

This loan will be used to purchase basic grocery products to stock her new grocery store. She will be able to have more time with her kids this way. She is a member of the Espoir Foundation (Kiva Field Partner) and she has enjoyed being a member for the loans that are granted.

Her dreams are to have a large grocery store.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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