A loan of $775 helped to buy rice, sugar, oil, detergent, cured meats and other basic need items.

Lissette Rafaela's story

In the Cadí section of the city of Portoviejo, capital of Manabí, known for many years as the City of the Royal Tamarinds, the members of the Juntas Creceremos (Together We Will Grow) communal bank meet every two weeks. This is a very beautiful place and the people are very likeable.

We met Lissette, 33, here. She’s in a common law relationship and has a beautiful, 3 month old, baby girl. Her husband is an Industrial Engineer but he does not practice his profession for the moment. She graduated as an Executive Secretary.

They have a grocery store in her parents’ house where they sell products like: rice, sugar, oils and detergents. They work every day from 6am until 10pm and sometimes even later. She buys her products in Portoviejo although most are delivered to her store. She tells us that they’ve had this business for 14 years and, thanks be to God, it’s produced enough for them to get ahead.

This loan will be used to better stock the store. She will buy rice, sugar, oil, detergents, cured meats and other basic need items. She has been in the communal bank for three cycles and she likes it because she has made more friendships in the group. Her dreams are to have a house of her own and that her store grows more every day.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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