A loan of $775 helped to buy stock merchandise for her store.

Dolly Benedicta's story

In the city of Portoviejo, capital of Manabí, known for many years as the City of the Royal Tamarinds, the members of the Alfa communal bank meet every two weeks. Dolly, 35, lives here. She’s in a common law relationship and has four children who are 15, 12, 8 and 6 years of age. The two oldest go to secondary school and the two youngest are in elementary school. Her husband works in a repair shop.

She has a home-based grocery store where she sells all sorts of products like rice, sugar, oil, detergent, etc. She works there every day from 6am until 5pm. At night she works with a brother-in-law in a pizzeria and earns a monthly salary. While she’s at this job her husband and daughters tend to the store. She’s had her business for five years now and the loans have helped her improve it day to day. She will use this loan to increase the store's stock inventory. She is going to buy rice, sugar, oil, detergent, cured meats and other staple items.

She’s been in the communal bank four years and likes it because she’s been able to enlarge her business thanks to the loans. Her dream is to have the best store in her neighborhood.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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