A loan of $1,100 helped to buy jewelry and assorted goods to sell.

Ana Leopoldina's story

The members of the Mujer y Fortaleza [Woman and Fortitude] Village Bank meet every fifteen days in the Los Jazmines neighborhood, in Portoviejo, which the capitol of Manabí province, and has been known for many years as the city of "Los Reales Tamarindos" [a soccer stadium].

Ana is a founding member of the village bank and she likes the added benefits she gets, like life insurance. She's sixty-years-old, married, and from her marriage has had three children, all grown. Her husband is a public employee.

Ana is a teacher by trade and teaches at a school in the city. She also has a business in her home, where she sells jewelry and assorted goods during the mornings; in the afternoons she teaches at the school and also sells to her coworkers. She buys some of her merchandise in Guayaquil and some from local artisans.

Her latest loan is to buy merchandise to stock up her store even more. He plan is to retire and work full-time at the store, which she would like to expand to have a big bazaar.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jill Heske

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