A loan of $900 helped buy rice, beef, fish, and other grocery items.

Ana Alegría's story

The Ángel Gabriel Community Bank meets every other week in Colorado in the district of Montecristi, an area known for its rich pre-colonial culture and handicrafts that are nationally and internationally recognized. It is a place of the famous Panama hats.

Here we find Mrs. Ana. She is 53 years old and her husband died several years ago, but they had two children who are now grown but still live with her with their own families, as they are both married.

She has a small restaurant in her home where she prepares delicious dishes. She works every day from 6:00 am until 2:00 pm in her restaurant and in the afternoons, goes out to sell empanadas, corviches, and other sandwiches that she prepares and earns some extra money to help her get ahead. She works alone since her business is not very big. She has been doing this work for more than 4 years, and it is going well for her.

She will use this loan to buy rice, beef, fish, and other ingredients for preparing the foods. She has been in the community bank for three loan cycles and she likes it because the loans are quick and help her a lot.

Her dreams are to have very good health and keep moving forward.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emily Meinecke

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