A loan of $675 helped doors and windows.

María Angela's story

The Familiar community bank meets every 15 days in the small Ecuadorean town of Colorado. The town's inhabitants operate a range of businesses, from making and selling crafts to general commerce.

We are talking with Sra. Angela Delgado. Angela has been married for 20 years and she has two children, 19 and 17 years old. The younger child will finish school this year, something that pleases her very much. Angela's husband is a seasonal laborer.

Angela has a lathe for turning tacua, a semi-precious stone, from which she makes buttons. She then sells the buttons to merchants in Manta. She works eight hours a day from Mondays to Fridays. Her children and husband help her sometimes, but she generally works alone. She buys raw materials for her buttons in Manta and stores them at home. The problem is that her house isn't very secure.

This loan will be used to buy new doors and windows so that Angela can make the house more secure. She has been a member of the community bank since the beginning and likes that the requirements for getting a loan are relatively easy to meet.

Angela's dream is to finish her house.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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