A loan of $1,550 helped to buy food and clothing.

Angela Maribel's story

The communal bank Los Corrales meets every 15 days in an area called Los Corrales, a few minutes from Montecristi which is a city rich with pre-historical culture. Here a majority of the inhabitants do different jobs like crafts or general commerce.

Here lives Angela, 43 years old. She’s married and has four children, 3 who are grown and one 12 year old daughter who studies in high school. Two of her children live with her. Her husband is a chauffeur.

She has a small restaurant in her house where she sells food as well as delicious curd which is a dish made with milk and that people love. She works every day from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm. Her children help her when they’re not busy. She’s already had her business for four years, and it’s going very well. Also she sells clothes which she has in her store or which she sells door to door at night. She allows credit for these items, and she collects every eight days.

This loan is to buy food to make the dishes and clothing to sell. She’s been with the communal bank for more than two years, and she likes it because each of the loans increase her means to earn more of her own money.

Her dreams are to continue growing in her businesses and in her personal life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jodi Nelan

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