A loan of $1,100 helped to stock her pub.

Lelia Orfelia's story

The loan group called “María Auxiliadora” meets every two weeks in the “La Squita” parish of Montecristi, a settlement known as the crib of the old wrestler, Eloy Alfaro. It’s also known for its straw hats that are appreciated within and outside the country.

Here we meet Lelia. She is 72 years old and has been separated for various years, but she has seven children, all adults and on their own now. She’s been with the group since the beginning and she enjoys it because her fellow members are like her family and are there for her when she needs them.

A few years ago she opened a small pub in her home so that she could make money to pay her expenses. She sells water, soda, energy drinks, ice, and beer, among other drinks. She takes advantage of the fact that people meet each day across the street to play sports, where there are soccer fields and volleyball courts. She tells us that they do this every evening. She also makes delicious frozen treats. She tells us that she’s been doing this for more than ten years and thanks to God this has helped her with her expenses because she lives alone.

She will use the money from this loan to buy sodas, water, and ice among other things. She wants to continue ahead with her business and hopes that it will continue to provide for her expenses.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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