A loan of $1,100 helped to buy fruits and vegetables.

Lorena Mariana's story

The members of the "María Auxiliadora" communal bank meet in Sequita parish, in prosperous Montecristi canton, in Manabí province. This is a place full of dedicated, hard-working people, proud of their roots. La Sequita is a parish where the inhabitants are decent eople, who only know how to work and be devoted to their families.

Lorena lives here. She is 28, married, and has three children, ages nine, seven, and four. The two eldest go to school. Her husband is a small business owner.

She and her husband have a business selling fruit and vegetables. They work from dawn until evening. She sells from her house, as she has a small stand, and her husband travels through the city of Manta in a tricycle, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. She used to accompany her husband on his rounds, but now that her children are in school, she is unable to, because she has to help them and look after them.

She buys her products in Portoviejo, because there they can be obtained more cheaply, and are of better quality.

She is going to use this loan to buy fruits and vegetables for her business. This is her eighth loan with the communal bank, and she likes it because of the support that the loans give them. Her dream is to have a grocery store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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