A loan of $1,100 helped to buy ingredients.

Amelia Sebastiana's story

The San Pablo parish of Portoviejo, capital of Manabí, known for many years as the city of the real tamarinds, is where the member of the “Unión Y Solidaridad” (Unity and Solidarity) communal bank meet every two weeks.

Here we meet Amelia. She’s 49 years old, married, and has two adult children, both married and on their own. Her husband is a merchant.

She has a small restaurant in her home, where she prepares delicious dishes, and works Monday through Saturday from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm. She prepares daily breakfasts and lunches and makes something different every day so that her customers don’t tire of the same food. She works alone and has been doing this for 12 years. Things have always gone well for her and her customers prefer her because the seasonings she adds to her dishes make them special.

She will use the money from this loan to buy rice, meat, fish, and other food to prepare her dishes. She is the communal bank’s founder and she enjoys it because of the ease in getting loans because they don’t have too many requirements.

Her dream is to have her own house, as she currently rents.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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