A loan of $1,200 helped to buy grains.

Maria Mercedes's story

María Mercedes, 49, is married and has a son. She lives with her husband and 16-year-old son in Chillanes Canton, Bolívar Province.

The “La Florida” communal bank has 12 members, both men and women, and is located in Chillanes Canton 5 minutes from the office. María is a grains and flour merchant. Her purchases and her sales take place in San José del Tambo and in Chillanes.

She asks for the loan to buy grains. With help from the loan she will improve her quality of life. Her dream is to see her son complete his schooling and become a professional. The challenge she has faced daily is competition. In her free time she likes to rest and enjoy the Saint Rita festivities. She considers herself to be an honest, united and hardworking person.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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