A loan of $1,100 helped to buy firewood, sawdust, water and hearts of palm to make bricks.

Inés Virginia's story

In Los Bajos de Montecristi, a city known for its great variety of traditional products like the straw hats famous both nationally and internationally, the members of the “La Dolorosa Del Pechiche” communal bank meet every two weeks.

We met Inés, 32, here. She’s married and has four children who are 16, 13, 9 and 8 years of age. The two oldest are in secondary school and the younger ones go to elementary school. Her husband’s an artisan.

Our friend is a very tenacious woman who, in order that her children not lack for anything and to help her husband meet household expenses, has been working in a factory in the city of Manta for several years. She is negotiating these loans in hopes of her husband and father being able to make a brick manufacturing business (materials used to build houses) successful. They work there Monday through Saturday from 8am until 4pm. She tell us that once a large number of bricks are manufactured merchants come by the factory to buy them and take them to other places to be sold.

This loan is to buy firewood, sawdust, water and hearts of palm which are the materials used to make bricks. She’s been in the communal bank for five years and likes it because she can use the loans to help her father and her husband at the same time. Her dream is to continue working at her job and that the factory continues improving.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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