A loan of $1,100 helped to buy rice, meat, fish, shrimp, etc.

Angela Piedad's story

In the beautiful resort of San Jacinto surrounded by a beautiful Beach where the Portoviejo River meets the sea and that’s visited by national and foreign tourists alike, the “Esperanza Para Superar” (Hope to Get Ahead) communal bank meets every two weeks.

We met Ángela, 45, here. She’s in a common law relationship and has three children who are 26, 24 and 17 years of age. All of them still live at home and her youngest is in high school. Her husband’s a fisherman. She’s been in the communal bank for five cycles and she likes it because of the help they give her.

She is a very good housewife who, wanting to earn a bit to help her husband meet household expenses, started a small business five years ago that’s gradually been improving. She has a small restaurant in the San Jacinto market where she prepares delicious dishes. She works Monday through Saturday from 5am until 2pm since she only makes breakfasts and lunches. She works alone. She tells us that her customers always request seafood dishes and she pleases them and that’s why she has a large clientele at her place.

She will use this loan to buy rice, meat, fish, shrimp and other ingredients needed to prepare the meals. Her goals are to stay in business and to buy herself a car someday.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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