A loan of $900 helped to buy melon, watermelon, papaya, bananas, pineapple, and all types of fruit.

Jesefa Alejandrina's story

The members of the Nueva Luz Communal Bank meet every 15 days in the city of Santa Ana. This city is known for its beautiful scenery and beautiful fresh water resorts that are visited by many tourists.

Here we met Jesefa who is 52 years old. She has a common-law marriage from which she has two children who are 22 and 20 years old. They are in college and still live at her house. Her husband is a merchant.

She and her husband have a stand at the Santa Ana market where they sell fruits like melon, watermelon, pineapple, papaya, bananas, etc. They work every day from 5am to 3pm. She tells us that they have been in this business for 17 years and it has gone well for them. They buy the fruits from farmers or at the same wholesale market.

This loan is for the purchase of more fruits to sell. She has been with the communal bank from the beginning and she likes it because the loans have been a great help.

Her dream is to have a grocery store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kathleen O'Connell

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