A loan of $1,100 helped to buy fruit, greens and vegetables.

José Amadeo's story

Every fortnight, the members of the 'Las Américas' community bank meet in the city of Portoviejo, capital of Manabí, which has been known for many years as the city of the royal tamarind trees.

Here we meet José. He has been a member of the community bank for two loan cycles and he likes it because he learns a lot from the talks and the loans are very helpful. José is 55 years old. He lives with his common-law wife, with whom he has a 14 year old son who is in high school. He tells us that he had three children with his first wife who died many years ago. These children are already grown up and independent. His wife looks after the household chores.

José has a school transport business in which he works from Monday to Friday. On Saturdays and Sundays he sells fruit and vegetables in the farmers' market. He tells us that he makes two to four journeys a day to drop his students off both in their schools and at home when they get out of school. He tells us that he has been providing this service for 8 years and that this has helped him to get his family ahead in life. He says that he sells fruit because currently his income from the transport business isn't enough and the fruit sales make him extra money.

This loan will be used to buy more fruit, greens and vegetables. His dream is to see his youngest son become a great professional.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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