A loan of $1,100 helped to buy bags and plastic containers.

María Vicenta's story

The “San Esteban” (St. Stephen) communal bank meets every fifteen days in the city of Charapoto. This location is known for its traditional culture and for being just a few minutes away from two of the province’s best beaches: San Jacinto and San Clemente.

María, 44, lives here. She’s married and has three children who are 20, 16 and 10 years old. They all attend university, middle school and elementary school. Her husband is a merchant.

She has a business buying and selling plastic bags and containers in the center of the city. She works Thursday to Sunday since these are the days with most commercial activity in the sector because they are market days and people from the countryside come by to stock up on merchandise. She works from 8am until 5pm when she closes her business. She goes to Guayaquil to buy her products at a plastics factory. She’s been in this business for more than six years and she does very well.

This loan is to buy plastic bags and containers. She’s been in the communal bank for 16 years and likes it because of all the help she’s gotten over the years. Her dream is to continue expanding the business and her sales.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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