A loan of $1,100 helped buy groceries, medicines and hardware items.

Blanca Bertha's story

On the outskirts of Portoviejo, in the sector known as Las Piedras, we find the Caminantes de Cristo (Followers of Christ) Communal Bank, which meets every 15 days.

Here we find Blanca. She is 36 years old, married, and has three children with her husband. She also has cared for her husband's daughter since the girl was very young, and it's as if the girl were her own daughter because she loves her equally. Her two older daughters are studying at the university and the two younger children are in school. Her husband is a marine biologist and works in a larva laboratory in Manta.

She has a store, where, in addition to selling basic-needs items, she also sells hardware and some medicine. She's been working every day for the past two years. At 6 am she opens her little store, and she closes it at 7 pm. She doesn't keep it open very late because of the insecurity there is all around. She prefers to close early and avoid something inconvenient. She buys her products in Portoviejo, and she receives some of them at home.

She is the founder of the communal bank; she is the bank treasurer, and she likes it a lot because of the help she's getting. This loan will be used to buy products to stock her store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Olivia Shirley

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