A loan of $900 helped to buy inventory to stock her store.


Juana Isabel's story

The San Pedro communal bank meets every two weeks in the outskirts of Portoviejo, on the road to Manta. The local people are farmers and raise livestock.

Here we meet Juana. She is 42 years old, separated, and has two adult children. One of them lives in her home, along with his wife and two children who are the loveliest children to her.

She runs a small grocery store from her home, where she sells all types of products, such as rice, sugar, cooking oil, detergents, etc. She also sells Yanbal and Avon products (beauty products, cosmetics, perfume, and accessories for women). She works daily from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm and sometimes later. Her daughter helps her in her store while she sells her Avon and Yanbal products, which she sells door to door and in her store. She has had her store for three years and it has been growing little by little.

She will use the money from this loan to buy more inventory with which to stock her store; things like rice, sugar, cooking oil, detergents, sausages, and Avon and Yanbal products. She has been part of the communal bank since the beginning and she likes that she has made more friends in the group.

Her goals are to move ahead with her business and grow her store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes


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