A loan of $775 helped to buy chickens and a scale.

María Imelda's story

The communal bank Aníbal San Andrés meets every two weeks in the Montecristi Canton. This area is known for its rich pre-colonial culture and its handicrafts that are recognized nationally and internationally. It is a place famous for its toquilla straw hats (Panama hats).

Mrs. María is 54, is in a communal marriage and has three children, two who are now adults. The youngest is single and lives with her. Her husband is a teacher in a handicrafts school.

Maria’s business is buying and selling chickens. She works daily from 6 am until 4 pm in her stand in the Montecristi Market. She purchases the chickens from the merchants who bring them to her stand, then she cleans the chickens and sells them by the pound. She has had the stand for 5 years and says that it is going well.

The loan will be used to buy more chickens and a scale to weigh them, since the scale that she has is in poor condition and has caused problems. She has been in the communal bank since she started and she likes it because it has continued with the same principles to help the members get ahead.

Her dream is to have a bigger stand.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Miriam Palacio

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