A loan of $6,125 helped a member to buy rice, sugar, oil, detergents, cold meats and other essentials.

Mujeres Adelante (Portoviejo) Group's story

Every two weeks, the 2 men and 17 women who make up the 'Mujeres Adelante' community bank meet in the city of Portoviejo. This is a group of people who work in different business activities in order to improve their quality of life. They work in commerce, food sales and other activities.

One of the members of this group is Narcisa. She is 45 years old, lives with her common-law husband, and has four children. Three of her children are adults and her youngest is 10 years old and in school. Her husband works in agriculture.

Narcisa is a very good mother and wife. In order to help her husband with their household expenses she set aside a space in her house several years ago and, using the little money she had, she started a grocery store. This has enabled her to provide for the family as her husband earns very little from his agricultural work. Narcisa works every day, from 6.00am to 8.00pm, and sometimes until later. Her husband and son help her in her work when they have any free time. She has been in this business for ten years and it has enabled her to pay for her children's education.

Narcisa will use this loan to further stock her store. She will buy rice, sugar, oil, detergents, cold meats and other essentials. She has been a member of her community bank from the beginning and she is its president. She is very happy with her group because it is a very responsible group.

Narcisa's goal is to continue in her business and to grow it further.

The two small photos are of two members who, for work reasons, could not be present when the group photo was taken.

In this group: Narcisa Del Jesús, Kety Mallaly*, Silvia Johana, Zonia Elizabeth, Yadira Monserrate, Viviana Katherine, Carmen Monserrate, Rosa María, Zoila Mariana, Yessenia Liseth, Genessis Magdalena, Juana Elizabeth, María Johanna, Alecky Tifany, Gloria Jacinta, Merly Monserrate, Nestor Rafael*, Cristobal Colón, Ana Criselina*
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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