A loan of $1,100 helped to buy tagua nuts.


Diana Carolina's story

The village bank Los Corrales meets every 15 days in a place called Los Corrales, a few minutes from the city of Montecristi which has a rich prehistoric culture. Here, the majority of the residents have different economic activities like artisan crafts and general business. Here we met Diana, who is 21 years old, married and has a two year old son. Her husband is a merchant. The loan will be used for her husband's business. He buys and sells tagua (a product used to make buttons, artisan crafts and many other varied products). He works four days a week. In the mornings he heads to the fields where he gets the product cheaper, and then later carries it to Manta where he sells it to the merchants who will take it to other cities. He tells us that he has been doing this for four years now, and that it's going well. The loan is to buy tagua. This is Diana's fifth cycle with the village bank and she's grateful that it gives her the possibility of helping her husband with the loans. Her dream is to give her son the best.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Berghaus


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