A loan of $675 helped to buy sugar, rice, oil, detergent sausage and other basic needs products.

María Auxiliadora's story

The communal bank "Nuevo Amanecer" holds its meetings in Bajo de Montecristi in the province of Manabí. This is a small place surrounded by plush vegetation whose inhabitants are involved in all types of businesses, such as retail sales or factory jobs.

Here we meet Mrs. María, age 43, who is married and has seven children, two of whom passed away. Her children are all adults although two still live at home. Her husband is a farmer.

She runs a small grocery store out of her home and sells basic needs items such as rice, sugr, oil and detergent, among other things. She works every day of the week from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and sometimes even later. A daughter still living at home helps her in the store. Some of the grocery products are purchased in Montecristi while others are delivered. She has been in business for three years and it is going very well.

This loan will be used to add more inventory to the store, buying rice, sugar, oil, detergent, sausage and other basic needs articles. She has been a member of the communal bank for two years and enjoys it because of all the friends she has made.

Her goals are to get ahead in her business and see her store expanding on a daily basis.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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