A loan of $1,100 helped inventory.

Pabla Isabel's story

The members of the “Mujeres Organizadas” (Organized Women) communal bank meet every two weeks in the Rocafuerte hamlet. This area is known all over the country for the delicious sweets made by its inhabitants.

Pabla is the founding member of the communal bank. She is very happy with it and tells us that she likes everything about it; the loans, the low interest, etc. She’s 58 years old and single now, but has three adult children, who are now on their own, from a previous relationship.

She has a store where she sells primary needs products, and also has a small pool hall where she sells certain alcoholic beverages. She works both businesses every day from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM, and tells us that she started 18 years ago because she needed to get ahead with her children, since she was raising them alone. She buys her store inventory in Portoviejo, but also gets in certain local products.

She will use the money from this loan to buy more products to stock the store. Her dreams are to continue working and to stay healthy.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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