A loan of $550 helped to buy ingredients.

Lesfia María's story

The beautiful resort area of San Jacinto is surrounded by a beautiful beach, a place where the Portoviejo River converges with the sea. It is visited by many national and foreign tourists. “The Esperanza Para Superar” communal bank meets here every two weeks.

Here we meet Lesfia. She is 40 years old, has three adult children, and her husband works for a banana plantation. She is the president of her group and has been a member for eight loan cycles. She likes the group because all of her fellow members are organized and keep their promises.

She earns extra money making fast food and has a cart from where she sells her foods, such as hamburgers, hot dogs, and stew with rice and grilled meat. She does this Monday through Thursday and also goes to Manta beach early in the morning to buy seafood to deliver to other cities. She tells us that each week she goes to different cities to deliver her products and stays there all weekend because she makes her deliveries and respective collections. She’s been selling food for nine years and seafood for six months and things are going well.

She will use the money from this loan to buy bread, hot dogs, meat, fish, shrimp, etc., both for preparing her dishes and to sell.

She hopes to get a car of her own because she currently uses co-op cars and it make things more difficult.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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