A loan of $1,100 helped to buy merchandise that she will resell.

Sofia Aurora's story

The La Unidas Somos Mas community bank meets twice a month in the Ecuadorean canton of Rocafuerte. Rocafuerte is known for a traditional sweet that is famous around the country.

Our member, Sofia, is 30 years old. She is partnered and has three children: 10-years, 8-years and 7-months old, respectively. Sofia's partner is a merchant and they operate a produce sales business together.

Sofia and her partner travel to the city of La Latacunga twice a week to sell their produce there. They take all kinds of fruits--watermelons, honeydew melons, papayas, oranges--and vegetables--broad beans, green beans, tomatoes--to sell. Their customers include both everyday buyers and wholesalers. Sofia says that they have operated the business for 2 years and are happy with their progress.

Sofia will use this loan to buy fruits and vegetables for her produce business. This is the bank's third round of funding and Sofia says that the loans she's received have helped her a lot.

Her goal for the future is to buy a "carro" for moving her produce to market.

You can see Sofia in the photo with her baby.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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