A loan of $550 helped to buy peanuts, annatto, lemons, tomatoes, and seeds.

Pastora Domitila's story

The members of the “Mujeres Trabajaras” (Hardworking Women) Communal Bank meet every two weeks in the Rocafuerte canton. This place is known for the delicious sweets that the villagers make. The sweets are recognized throughout the entire country.

Mrs. Pastora has been in the communal bank since it started. She is pleased with the benefits that the bank offers her. She is 50 years old, and she is in a common-law marriage. They have eight children. Seven of them are grown. Only the last one, 17 years old, lives with her. Her husband is a farmer.

She and her husband work in commerce and in agriculture. For their commerce business they buy peanuts, annatto, lemons, and tomatoes, etc. from farmers in the area. They then take them to Quito and Ambato, and they deliver to merchants in the markets. They do this once a week. On the rest of the days they do agricultural work. In the summer they plant short cycle crops like tomatoes and vegetables. In the winter they plant corn and peanuts, etc. They have the help of two people who work in the fields with them from Monday through Friday.

This loan is to buy peanuts, annatto, lemons, tomatoes, and seeds to plant next winter. Her dream is to have a truck to carry her products because the one they now use is rented.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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