A loan of $4,300 helped a member to buy food ingredients.

Union Trabajo Y Desarrollo (Rocafuerte) Group's story

The communal bank "Unión Trabajo y Desarrollo" meets every two weeks in the city of Rocafuerte which belongs to the province of Manabí. This place is known for its wide variety of sweets that are famous nationally for their delicious flavor. The group is comprised of 14 women and one man who decided to get together to set up the communal bank. It has been of great help to them since their loans have improved their small businesses and lives in general. They are involved in different business activities such as agriculture, commerce, services and other activities.

One of the members of the group is Mrs. Carolina, 28, who has a common-law husband and two children, ages 7 and 1. The eldest is in school. Her husband is a retro-excavating machine operator.

Together with her mother she runs a restaurant in the city and works every day from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. She serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks. She says she has many customers wanting to taste her delicious dishes every day, the most popular of which is her shrimp and fish viche which is the typical dish of the province and very appetizing. She has been in business for over five years and it is going very well because of the many customers who prefer her cuisine.

This loan will be used to buy food ingredients. She has been in the communal bank since its inception and is the president. She likes how quick it is to obtain a loan.

Her goals are to continue getting ahead in her business and to give her children the best she can.

In this group: Carolina Elizabeth, Doris Araceli, Eloisa Margarita, Gina Elisenia, Belgica María, María De Los Santos, Hugelina María Del Socorro, Fátima Marilú*, Beriver Jacqueline, Nieve María, Karina Elizabeth, Ramón Agustín, María Corina, Glevis Azucena, Juana Elizabeth

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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