A loan of $775 helped to buy bread, meat, sausage, ham, cheese, fruit and pop.

Maritza Jacqueline's story

The La Pila Communal Bank meets every fifteen days in La Pila, Montecristi canton. This area is well-known in the province and in the country for its rich traditional culture. There one can find a large variety of artisanry made by the locals in keeping with the customs of their ancestors.

Here we meet Señora Maritza. She is 30, married, and has two children ages four and two from this relationship. Her husband drives a forklift.

With the goal of making her living and helping her husband with the household costs, our friend started a venture with an aunt a few years ago. They sell fast food. Every afternoon and night they sell hamburgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, natural juice and pop of all flavours. She has had the business for five years and it has gone very well for her. In the mornings, she also helps another woman to put the finishing touches on ceramics, for which she earns a salary.

This loan is for purchasing bread, meat, sausage, ham, cheese, fruit and pop. These ingredients are for preparing her food. She has been in the Communal Bank for three cycles, each one year, and she likes the loans--they are a great help--and the unity of the group.

Her dream is for her children to never lack for anything.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper

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