A loan of $1,100 helped to buy chickens, seasonings, morocho corn and other supplies.

Jessenia Marilyn's story

Every fifteen days in Los Bajos de Montecristi, a city known both inside and outside the country for its great diversity of typical products such as straw hats and shawls, the members of the communal bank Madres Unidas ("Mothers United") gather.

Here we encounter Jessenia. She is 32 years old, is married and has three children of 12, 11, and 6 years old. The oldest one studies in high school and the younger ones in primary school. Her husband works in a factory in Manta.

She has a business in her house where she sells rotisserie chicken. She does this from Friday to Sunday, but the other days in the afternoons she also sells yuca bread and the delicious morocho, a (corn) beverage much drunk by her customers. She works every day from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and her children and husband help her. She has been doing this for more than 10 years and it is going very well.

She will use this loan to purchase chickens, seasonings, morocho corn and other supplies to prepare the food. She has been in the communal bank for two years and she likes if for the help that they give with the loans.

Her dream is that her children never lack anything.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Dan Fulwiler

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