A loan of $775 helped to buy supplies for her food sales business.

Egda Elena Dolores's story

The Avance Y Desarrollo community bank meets twice a month in Junin, a canton known for its friendly, hard-working people and the excellent liquor that's produced here and famous everywhere in Ecuador.

Our member, Egda, is 53 years old. She is married and has six grown children. Two of her children still live at home, even though one of the two is now married. Egda's husband is a farmer.

Egda started a business of her own to help out with family expenses. She makes and sells snacks, working every day of the week. There's more traffic--especially tourists--in the area on Saturdays and Sundays, so she sets up a small stand by the side of the main road those days to sell to passers-by. Egda has operated her own business for 10 years and her income from it has allowed her to better provide for her children.

Edga will use this loan to buy supplies for her snacks sales business. She has been a member of her community bank for 15 years.

Her hopes for the future are a restaurant of her own and good health for herself and her family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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