A loan of $1,100 helped to buy fruits and vegetables.

Decsi Asunción's story

The “3 de Mayo” (May 3rd) Communal Bank meets every two weeks in the Picoaza parish in the city of Portoviejo. The place is known for being a commercial zone, for its San Pedro and San Pablo traditional celebrations, and for the happiness of its people.

This is where we meet Decsi, age 44. She is in a common-law marriage, and she has six children. Two of them are adults, and the four younger children go to school. All of her children still live at home. Her husband devotes himself to commerce.

Our friend and her husband sell fruits and vegetables. He sells door to door. He travels all over the city with his tricycle. Meanwhile, she sells vegetables from a place that she has in her house. Her business is small, but it allows her to help her husband with the family expenses. She works every day from 4:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. She has had her business for over 15 years. It is very hard work, but it has given them the means to live honestly.

She will use this new loan to buy fruits and vegetables for her to sell as well as for her husband to sell. She has been in the bank for 12 cycles. She likes it for the help the bank gives her. It is very important for her business.

Her dreams are for her children to become professionals and for them to be good people.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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