A loan of $1,100 helped to buy two tables, eight chairs, milk, sugar, rennet, and plantains..


Gladys María's story

The communal bank Los Corrales meets every 15 days in an area called Los Corrales, a few minutes from Montecristi, a city with a rich prehistorical culture. Here a majority of the inhabitants work different jobs like crafts and general commerce.

Gladis, 49 years old, lives here. She’s in a common law marriage and has one son who’s already an adult but lives at home despite being engaged. Her husband is a farmer and rancher.

She has a shop in her home where she sells cheese and curd. This is a delicious dish made with milk to which you add different ingredients to make cheese, and the result is a delicious dish much-loved by tourists and locals. She serves it accompanied by one or two plantains grilled to the customers’ liking. Many people from other cities come to her shop to order her products. She’s had her business for 11 years, and it’s going very well.

This loan is to buy two tables and eight chairs (to make her customers more comfortable), milk, sugar, rennet, and plantains to make the dishes. This is her 5th loan cycle in the communal bank, and she enjoys the help that they give with loans.

Her dream is to get ahead in her daily life and in her business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jodi Nelan


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