A loan of $775 helped to buy watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, bananas, pineapples, apples and other fruits.

Marlene Monserrate's story

The members of the “Mejorando El Futuro” (Improving the Future) communal bank meet every other week in an area called Tierras Amarillas in the Rocafuerte canton. This sector is known for its agriculture because most of its inhabitants grow short cycle crops.

This is the place where we find Marlene. She is 34 years old and in a common-law marriage. She has three daughters, ages 9, 8, and 3. The two oldest are in school. Her husband is a farmer.

She works with her brother. They have a business selling fruits like watermelon, cantaloupe, and cucumbers, etc. This is the way they work: they buy from farmers in the area, and then, every morning, they go to the market in the city of Portoviejo in order to sell wholesale as much as retail.

They work from Monday through Saturday from 5:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. She says that she has been doing this for some years. Thanks to this business she has been able to improve the quality of her life.

This loan is to buy watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, bananas, pineapples, and apples, etc. She has been in her communal bank for six years. She likes the support and help that she has received.

Her dream is to improve her house, which is a bit rundown.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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