A loan of $825 helped to buy bread, sausages and other ingredients.

Geoconda Jacinta's story

The “Mujeres con Esperanza” (Hopeful Women) communal bank meets every two weeks in Portoviejo, capital of Manabí, known for many years as the City of the Royal Tamarinds because of the great amount of this fruit that existed here back then.

We found Geoconda, 40, here. She was in a relationship several years ago that produced four children who are 19, 17, 16 and 13 years of age. The oldest of them is in the university and the last three are in high school; they all live at home.

During the morning she works at a "cevichería" (seafood cocktail shop) but on Saturday and Sunday evenings she tends to her own business: she has a hotdog and hamburger stand. She tells us that this is an honest way to earn a living that she’s been doing for the last three years and that has made it possible for her to support her family.

She will use this loan to buy bread, meat, sausages and other ingredients for her business. She’s been in the communal bank for the last three years and thanks to the initial loan she was able to open her business. Her dream is to own a restaurant.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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