A loan of $1,100 helped to buy rice, sugar, cooking oil, meat, eggs and foodstuffs in general.

Carlos Eder's story

The “Dios Con Nosotros” (God with Us) communal bank meets every two weeks in the El Florón neighborhood of Portoviejo, capital of Manabí, known as the City of the Valley because it’s surrounded by many hills.

This is Carlos’ fourth cycle with the bank and he is very comfortable because he has found honest, serious people. He is grateful to Fundación Espoir because the loans he has received have helped him improve his business. He is in a common law relationship which has produced two children who are 9 and 7 years of age and in school. His wife is a housewife.

He is a merchant. He has a grocery store that is open every day from 6am until 8pm and until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays because on these two nights he sells alcoholic beverages. He has been in business for 10 years and he states that every day he puts in a lot of effort to gradually improve it.

This is why he asked for a new loan to buy more merchandise to better stock his store.

His dreams are to provide his children with a good education and to continue making progress.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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