A loan of $675 helped purchase ingredients and fish.

Digna Vicenta's story

The partners of the Virgen de Guadalupe community bank meet every two weeks in the Andres De Vera parish in the city of Portoviejo, capital of Manabi, which is known as the city of the true tamarind. This is where we meet Digna who is currently separated but who has 5 children from that relationship, 3 of whom live with her. She tells us that her life is very difficult since her youngest is a special needs child and studies in a school for the disabled. She says that it is very difficult but God knows why He tested her this way.

She has a food stand on Julio Jaramillo street in Portoviejo. She works Monday through Friday from 4:00pm to Midnight and weekends from 3:00pm to Midnight. Her daughters help her at work. In the mornings she buys fish to sell by the pound in her neighborhood. She says she has to do whatever she can since she has lots of expenses especially related to her children's studies since all three are in school.

She will use half the loan to buy food for her stand and the other half to buy fish since this is profitable. This is her second loan with the community bank and she likes it because of the favorable repayment terms. She dreams of her children being professionals and of having a good restaurant.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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