A loan of $1,000 helped to buy wood, cardboard, glue, paints, and foil and other items.

María Fernanda's story

The Mujeres de Lucha [Women of Struggle] Communal Bank meets twice a month in the parish of Picoaza in the city of Portoviejo. This place is known for being a commercial zone and for its traditional Saint Peter and Saint John festivals and for the happiness of its people.

We meet María in this place. She is 24 years old, single and lives at home with her parents. This is the third cycle at the communal bank and she enjoys the support it has offered.

Our friend is disabled and walks with two crutches, but this has not stopped her from succeeding and obtaining her own means. She is a teacher in a local school and also creates handicrafts at home. She tells us that she creates many educational learning products that she sells at bazaars and to traders in the industry.

This loan is to buy supplies such as wood, cardboard, glue, paints, and foil and other items to create her handiwork.

Her dream is to continue going forward in her business and in her personal life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand

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