A loan of $900 helped to buy groceries, bazaar items and stationery goods.

Mercedes Esperanza's story

The "Mujeres Organizadas" communal bank meets every two weeks in the Rocafuerte canton. This location is well-known throughout the country for the delicious sweets made by the locals.

Mrs. Mercedes is 60 years old. Several years ago her partner of many years died, leaving her a widow. But from this relationship she had three children who have accompanied her and given her strengh throughout the difficult times. One son still lives with her.

She has a small grocery store in which she works every day from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. She also sells bazaar items and stationery materials. She buys her products in Portoviejo and Rocafuerte. Some of the products such as softdrinks and other beverages are delivered directly to her store. She says she inherited the store from her parents when they died several years ago.

This loan will be used to buy more products for the store. She's been a member of the communal bank for three years and likes it because of the help she receives through the loans. Her dream is to continue working and staying healthy.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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