A loan of $550 helped to purchase bread, milk, eggs, fruit and other groceries.

Leticia Alexandra's story

The Banco Comunal Mujeres Con Esperanza meets every two weeks in the parish of Eloy Alfaro in the city of Manta. This city is known for its beautiful beaches. Many domestic and foreign tourists visit these beaches throughout the year. Manta is one of the most important ports in Ecuador and in the Americas. It is located on the Pacific Ocean.

This is where we met Leticia, a 33-year-old married woman. She and her husband have two children together, a 13 year old and a 10 year old. Both children are in school. Her husband works as a salesman.

Leticia is a hardworking woman. One year ago, she decided to start her own business in order to earn her own money. She has a small shop at the Reinas Del Camino resort in the city of Manta where she sells breakfast and sandwiches. She works every day from 4:30 to 8:30. Even though she hasn't been working for very long, she has been able to attract many customers who provide her with a solid daily income.

She will use this loan to buy more products such as milk, bread, eggs, fruit and other groceries, in order to prepare the food. This is her second loan cycle with the Banco Comunal. She is grateful for the loans that she receives from the bank as they have helped her a lot.

Her goal is to one day own a stationary shop and a grocery store.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Nina Fink

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