A loan of $4,900 helped a member to purchase fruits and vegetables.

Santa Gema (Portoviejo) Group's story

The Santa Gema community bank meets every 15 days in Junín (Portoviejo). This place is known for its friendly and hard-working people and because the best brandy of the province and of Ecuador is distilled in this place.

This is a group of 12 female members and two male members who decided to unite and form this community bank that has served them a lot since, with the loans, they have been able to improve their small business or start in the world of commerce. They are dedicated to diverse activities such as commerce, services, selling food, among other activities.

Georgina, 49, lives in this place. She is separated, but from that relationship she had four children. Three of them are adults and the youngest,16, studies in high school. Three of them still live with her.

She is a very good mother and housewife who, so her children do not lack anything, is dedicated to selling fruits and vegetables. Three days a week, she installs a small shop in the market in the area. There, on certain occasions, with the help of her children, she is dedicated to selling the same products that she buys from the same market at wholesale in the morning. She has more than 15 years with this business and this has helped her get ahead with her children.

This loan is to buy fruit and vegetables. This is her first cycle with the community bank and she hopes to continue for much more time.

Her dream is to have a grocery shop .

In this group: Viviana Monserrate, Damariz María, Liliana Rocío, Estrella Belén, Tarzisa Floridalba, Lely Elizabeth, José Julian , Francisca Georgina, María Orfelia, Danny Austerly, Kleber José, Ana Isabel*, Gema Thalia, Rosa Amira De Los Angeles

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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