A loan of $900 helped to buy rice, sugar, oils, detergents, deli meats, and other basic necessity products.

Yenny Maribel's story

In La Pila in the Montecristi canton the Para el Futuro De la Mujer [For the Future of Women] communal bank meets every two weeks. This place is very well known in the province and in the country for its rich cultural tradition. There you can find a wide variety of artisanal crafts made by the inhabitants, following cultural tradition.

Here we meet Yenny. She is 45 years old. She is divorced and has a 10 year old son who is in school. She lives in her parents' house. She has been in the communal bank for four years and she likes it because it helps her continue with her business and get her son ahead.

Yenny is a merchant, to support herself and her son. Eight years ago, with all the resources she had, she fixed up a small locale where she opened a small food store. She sells all types of products such as rice, sugar, oils, detergents, etc. to her customers. She works everyday from 6:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and sometimes later. She has been at her locale for 8 years and she tells us that she has a lot of customers who make purchases every day at her store.

She is going to use the loan to buy inventory for her store. She will buy rice, sugar, oil, detergent, deli meats and other basic necessity products.

Her goals are to get ahead in her business and for her son to lack for nothing.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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