A loan of $1,325 helped to buy rice, oil, tuna and other basic staple items.

María Guadalupe's story

In Manabí Province’s 24 de Mayo Canton known for its beautiful scenery, forests and variety of fauna and for its hardworking residents who are farmers and raise animals, the “Madre Para Un Futuro Mejor” (Mother For A Better Future) communal bank meets every fifteen days.

María, 47, lives here. She’s a single mother of a son who is 19 years old at present and attends university.

She is a very tenacious woman who in order to support her son and insure that he has everything he needs ten years ago used everything she had to set up a locale at home as a small store which with help from loans received has been able to expand. She stocks everything necessary to cover her customers’ needs; this is what’s most important for her. She also sells other household items in her store like dishes, pots and irons, among other items. She works every day from 6am until 7pm and her son helps out in the store whenever he can.

This loan is to buy rice, sugar, oil, tuna and other basic staple items. She’s been in the communal bank for over five years and likes it because they’ve helped her even though she’s alone. Her dream is that her son completes his studies.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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