A loan of $550 helped to buy agricultural supplies, fruits and vegetables.

Idalia Asunción's story

The María Auxiliadora community bank meets in La Sequita parish in Montecristi, in the prosperous Manabí province which is full of hard-working, dedicated people who are proud of their roots. La Sequita is a parish whose inhabitants are honest people who only know how to work and take care of their families.

Idalia has been a member of the community bank from the beginning and she is very happy since she tells us that their loans are very easy to obtain. She is 53 years old, married and, from this marriage, has 10 children. 9 of her children are grown up. The youngest child is 16 years old and still at school. Seven of her children are single and live with her. Her husband is a farmer.

Idalia and her husband, with the help of their children, sow all types of vegetables, corn and fruit such as melons and watermelons. They work from Monday to Friday from 6.30am to 12.00pm and from 1.00pm to 3.00pm, sowing their fields.. Three days a week she travels around the streets of Montecristi in a three-wheeled carriage with their products and others which she buys in Portoviejo market. She does this on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 5.00am to 2.00pm.

This loan will be used to buy half of the agricultural supplies and products which she sells from her vehicle. Her dreams are to continue working and for herself and her family to be in good health.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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