A loan of $1,100 helped to purchase rice, sugar, oil, detergents, chicken, meat, and other basic necessities.


Silvia Patricia's story

The Communal Bank “Creciendo Para El Futuro” (Growing for the Future) meets every fifteen days in an area known as Parque Forestal in the city of Portoviejo. This place has a beautiful park containing lush vegetation and beautiful landscapes.


It is in this place that one can meet Sra. Silvia. She is 30 years old, in a common law relationship, and has three children (ages 13, 11, and 9). The oldest child is in high school and the two younger children are in elementary school. Her husband is a master builder.


Silvia has a grocery store in her home where she sells rice, sugar, oil, detergents, meat, chicken, fish, and legumes. She works every day from 6am to 9pm and sometimes even later. Her mother helps with the work. Silvia purchases her products in central Portoviejo and has most of them shipped to her store. She says that she has been in this business for four years and it has grown significantly during that time.


This loan will be used to restock her store. She plans to buy rice, sugar, oil, detergents, chicken, meat, and other basic necessities. Silvia has participated in six loan cycles with the Communal Bank and enjoys everything about it. Her goal is to have a house of her own since she lives with her mother-in-law.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica


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