A loan of $775 helped to buy wood.

María Monserrate's story

The María Auxiliadora communal bank meets in the Sequita parish. It belongs to Montecristi, a prosperous Manabitan canton full of hardworking, dedicated people who are proud of their roots. La Sequita is a parish where the residents are honest people who only know how to work and be dedicated to their families.

In this place, we find Maria. She is 24 years old, married and has a four and a half month old baby. Her husband is cabinetmaker.

Her husband has a cabinetmaking workshop in their house where they do a lot of work in wood such as furniture, chairs and beds. She works Mondays through Saturdays from 8 am until 5 am. She does work for people from their establishment and also deliver to Manta and Portoviejo at some stores in those cities. She buys the wood at a lumberyard in Madera.

This loan will be used to buy raw materials to do the work. She has been in the communal bank for six years and she likes the benefits and loans that they do. Her dreams are to have a well built house and to get ahead with her family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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