A loan of $900 helped to purchase soft drinks, bananas, peanuts, cooking oil, fish and more ingredients.

Angela Guadalupe's story

In Alajuela Parish of the canton of Portoviejo the members of the Alajuela Communal Bank meet every two weeks. This sector is known as an area where most inhabitants are engaged in agriculture.

In this place, we meet Señora Angela, age 42. She is separated but has 5 grown children from her relationship and three, ages 17, 15, and 13, who are high school students. She has been in the communal bank for two years and is very happy since, thanks to her loans, her business has been able to progress.

She has a fast food stall where she sells empanadas, corviches (dough made from grated plantain, deep fried and stuffed with spicy fish or minced meat, topped with salad, mayo, chili) and soft drinks. She works every day from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and on weekends. In addition, she also prepares delicious stews and buns which she makes in the mornings from 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. She sells her products at her stall and also sends her children to sell them throughout the area.

This loan is to purchase soft drinks, bananas, peanuts, cooking oil, fish, and other ingredients used to make her dishes. Her dream is to have a big shop for selling her products.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Rick & Pat Brown

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