A loan of $1,100 helped to buy rice, sugar, detergents, vegetables and gifts.


Rosa Nieve's story

The communal bank Proyecto 2003 [Project 2003] meets every 15 days in the district of Jaramijo (Manta). The location is known for its beautiful beaches that line the coast of this lovely place. Here, the majority of the inhabitants are hard workers and make their living by fishing. In this place we meet Rosa who is 59 years old. She is separated and had four children from the relationship, though two of them have passed away. The two children she still has are adults and independent. She lives with a granddaughter who is like a daughter to her. She is 15 years old and studies in school. Rosa has a grocery store in her home where she sells all kinds of products like rice, sugar, oils, detergents, and vegetables in addition to office supplies and stationery. She works everyday from 6:30am to 9:00pm, and sometimes until much later. Her granddaughter helps her in her work when she is not busy with her classes and homework. Rosa has had her business for more than five years and thank to her store she had gotten ahead. She will use this loan to supply her store more. She is going to buy rice, sugar, detergents, vegetables and gifts. She has been in the communal bank for more than eight years and she likes it because the group is very united and trustworthy. Her goals are to continue forward with her business and to grow her business more each day.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Monica Wooters


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