A loan of $1,100 helped purchase oranges, bananas, papayas, mandarines, tomatoes, ettuce, carrots, etc.

Lorena Mariana's story

The communal bank of Maria Auxiliadora meets at the Sequita church parrish part of Montecristi a prosperous Manabí canton full of hard-working dedicated people who are proud of their roots. La Sequita is a parrish whose members are honest and all they know is work and family. Lorena is in her fifth term with the communal bank and she has enjoyed it due to the ease of obtaining her loans. She is 27 years old and has been married for 8 years, a marriage that produced 3 children. All her children are minors and the two eldest are in school. She and her husband own a business selling fruits and vegetables and they work from sunrise until dusk. She sells from home where she has a small stand and her husband sells all throughout the city of Manta on a tricycle every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. She states that she used to accompany her husband on these runs but can't now that her kids are in school because she has to help them and look after them. They purchase their produce in Portoviejo because they are cheaper there. She will use this loan to purchase fruits and vegetables and other products for their business. Her dream is to finish her home and set up a store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gustavo Gutierrez

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