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Lelia Orfelia

Update on Lelia Orfelia

The “María Auxiliadora” communal bank meets every two weeks in La Sequita Parish in Montecristi, a canton known for the famous straw hats that are highly regarded both within the country and abroad.

We met Leila, 72, here. She’s been separated for several years but she had 7 children who are all now independent adults. She’s been in the communal bank since the beginning and likes it because her fellow members are like family to her because they are always there when she needs them.

Several years ago she opened a small pub at home where she sells water, soft-drinks, energy drinks, ice and beer, among other beverages. She’s currently also making turnovers and “corviches” [Dough made from grated plantain, deep fried and stuffed with spicy fish or minced meat, topped with salad, mayo, chili] to sell along with her other products. She takes advantage of the fact that folks interested in playing sports gather in front of her house every day because there are soccer fields and volleyball courts there. She also makes delicious fruit ice-cream and has been in business more than ten years.

She is repeating the loan and will use it to buy soft-drinks, water, juice and other foodstuffs to make her food. She tells us that the loans have made it possible for her go get ahead by herself and that thanks to them whenever she needs something she doesn’t have to go ask anyone for help but can use her profits to cover expenses. She was also able to use her previous loan to sell turnovers and corviches besides beverages which produces additional income that suits her quite well.
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El Grupo De Crédito María Auxiliadora se reúne cada quince días en La parroquia La Sequita de Montecristi, cantón conocido por los famosos sombreros de paja toquilla que son apreciados dentro y fuera del país.

Aquí conocimos a la señora Lelia, tiene 72 años de edad, está separada hace varios años pero de esta relación tuvieron 7 hijos los mismos que ya son mayores de edad e independientes. Esta desde el inicio en el Grupo de Crédito y le gusta porque sus compañeras son como su familia ya que siempre están allí cuando las necesita.

Ella hace varios años puso un pequeño bar en su casa en el cual vende aguas, sodas, energizantes, hielo, cervezas, entre otras bebidas, en la actualidad está preparando y vendiendo empanadas y corviches los mismos que vende al igual que sus otros productos, ella aprovecha que frente a su casa se reúnen todos los días personas que llegan a hacer deporte pues allí hay unas canchas de football y de voleibol. También ella prepara deliciosos helados de frutas, lleva más de 10 años en esta actividad.

Ella está repitiendo el crédito y va a utilizar este crédito para comprar sodas, aguas, jugos y otros víveres para preparar los alimentos. Nos cuenta que los créditos le han permitido salir adelante sola y que gracias a ellos cada vez que necesita algo no tiene que pedirle a nadie sino que con lo que le queda de ganancia puede solventar sus gastos, también con el ultimo crédito pudo además de vender bebidas también pudo vender empanadas y corviches con lo cual tiene otros ingresos que le vienen muy bien.

Previous Loan Details

The loan group called “María Auxiliadora” meets every two weeks in the “La Squita” parish of Montecristi, a settlement known as the crib of the old wrestler, Eloy Alfaro. It’s also known for its straw hats that are appreciated within and outside the country. Here we meet Lelia. She is 72 yea... More from Lelia Orfelia's previous loan »

Additional Information

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About Ecuador

  • $10,600
    Average annual income
  • 28
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    Ecuador Loans Fundraising
  • $26,742,700
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,100 helped Lelia Orfelia to buy soft-drinks, water, juice and foodstuffs.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
7 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 19, 2011
Jan 8, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 16, 2012
This photo was used before for a previous loan for Lelia Orfelia. It was first posted on Kiva on Jul, 2011. Learn More