A loan of $1,100 helped to buy rice, sugar, oil, dishwashing liquid and natural products.

Ledy Sirlendy's story

The Honduras 2000 Communal Bank meets every 15 days in the canton of Jaramijo (Manta). This place is known for the beautiful beaches that bathe its coastline. Most of the inhabitants are very hard working people who are engaged in sea-related activities for a living.

This is where we met Ledy, who is 57, married, and from this relationship she has three children, all of whom are of legal age, and one daughter still lives in her house. Her husband no longer works because he is ill.

She owns a grocery store in her house, where she sells products such as rice, sugar, oil and dishwashing liquid, among others. She also sells natural products at her store, and sometimes she delivers the products because she makes most of her products on a per order basis. She works every day from 6 AM through 8 PM, and sometimes even later. Her husband and daughter help her when they are available. Her business is their only source of income and thank God it has provided them with everything they need to get ahead.

She has had her business for 15 years and has done well. She will use this loan to provide her store with rice, sugar, oil, dishwashing liquid and natural products. She is a founding member of the Communal Bank and she likes it because the loans help her continue her business. Her goals are to continue her business and grow her store more and more each day.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mora Elisei

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