A loan of $675 helped to buy rice, meat,and fish.

Caroly Marinel's story

The Rocafuerte Communal Bank meets every fortnight in the canton of Rocafuerte, a place renowned for the delicious and nationwide famous pastries prepared by the locals.

Here we meet Caroly, 45. She is married and she has three children aged 16, 11 and 9. The first two go to high school, the youngest to primary school. Her husband is a master builder.

She runs a small restaurant in her house, preparing delicious dishes. She works Mondays to Fridays from 6 am to 3 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays until 7 pm, as during the weekends she also prepares and sells “meriendas” (midday meals). Her husband and her children help her whenever they can, even thought she mostly works alone. She has been running her restaurant for more than 19 years and things have always gone very well: her customers choose her for the good taste of her dishes and because she daily changes her menu.

The loan she is requesting will be used to buy rice, meat, fish and other provisions to prepare her dishes. She has been a member of the Communal Bank for three years and she likes it because of the extreme correctness of her fellow member.

Her goals are to carry on with her activity and to give the best to her children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emanuela Villa

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