A loan of $775 helped to buy eggs, flour, milk, sugar, butter and other ingredients to make sweets, and also to buy jewelry.

Jessica Maricela's story

In the city of Portoviejo, the capital of Manabí province, which has been known for many years as the City of the Royal Tamarinds, the members of the communal bank "Las Americas" meet every 15 days.

Here we find Jessica, who is 29 years old and in a common-law marriage which produced 2 children, who are 10 and 7 years old. Her children are in school, and her husband is a merchant. This is her 6th loan cycle with her communal bank, and she likes it because of the assistance provided by the
Fundación Espoir.

She is devoted both to her home and her business, selling costume jewelry and sweets such as: dulce de leche, meringues, cookies, and eggnog. She takes orders for these sweets, and she works every day from 9am until noon, because at this hour her children arrive home from school and she has to attend to them. She buys her merchandise at a good price from the wholesalers so that she can have good earnings.

This loan that she requests will be used to buy jewelry and the ingredients needed to make her sweets. She dreams of having her own house, since the home she is living in is a rental.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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