A loan of $775 helped to buy corn, peanuts, cheese and other supplies.

Rosa Teodora's story

The communal bank group called Mujeres Unidas de los Bajos get together twice a month in the city of Los Bajos de Montecristi, a city known for its rich culture and for its handicrafts such as the straw hats known inside and outside the country.

In this place we meet Rosa who is 56 years old. She is married and from this relationship she has 7 children. Six of them are already older and two are still living with her, and the youngest is 11 years old, and is a student in school. Her husband works occasionally.

She is a very good housekeeper and also a hard-worker. In order to make a living and to help her husband bring up the family she works preparing corn tortillas, yucca, humitas, (a typical snack or dish from the province) and ceviche. Every day she prepares these dishes and later she sells them from her home and her husband helps when he is not working, going throughout the neighborhood and surrounding areas. She has been doing this for more than 10 years and it is how she has been able to get ahead as her husband earns very little.

This loan is to buy corn, peanuts, cheese and other supplies needed to prepare the food. She has been in the communal bank since the beginning and she likes it because the group is united and it meets in her home.

Her dream is to have good health and to get ahead.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand

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