A loan of $675 helped to buy groceries and pots.


María Auxiliadora's story

In the area of Andrés De V., in the city of Portoviejo, capital of Manabí which is known as the city of “Los Reales Tamarindos” (a stadium where football matches are held) every fifteen days the members of the Virgen de Guadalupe Communal Bank meet.

We met Mrs. María, she is 56 years old and has a common-law marriage where she had 10 children but two of them died some time ago. Two of her children live with her. Her husband sells vegetables in the Portoviejo central market.

María has a small restaurant in her home and says that she cooks very well and that is why two years ago she decided to have her own business making breakfast and lunches Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. until 2 p.m. but Saturdays and Sundays she works until 7 p.m. she also prepares diners. During the weekends her daughter helps her and she has many customers who prefer the food that she makes since it has better flavor.

This loan will be used to buy more products to make the food and to buy some pots since the ones that she has are too small and makes her work harder. This is her second loan with the communal bank and hopes to have more in the future.

María’s dream is to have a great restaurant.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer


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