A loan of $675 helped to buy stock merchandise for her store.

Yolanda Tatiana'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 “Damas al Poder” communal bank meet every two weeks.

Yolanda, 33, lives here. She’s in a common law relationship and has three children who are 14, 13 and 11 years old. The older ones go to secondary school and the youngest is in elementary school. Her husband’s a merchant.

She has a home-based grocery store where she sells all sorts of products like: rice, sugar, oil, detergent and also some school supplies. She works every day from 6am until 8pm and sometimes even later. Her children help her work when they aren’t busy. This business has provided for their daily sustenance while not neglecting her home and children. She’s been in business for ten years and she does very well.

She will use this loan to better stock her store. She will buy rice, sugar, oil, detergent, cured meats, school supplies and other staple goods. She’s been in the communal bank for four years and likes it because she’s made many friendships in the group. Her goal is to stay in business and that her store grows more each day.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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