A loan of $1,650 helped to buy stock items for her store.

Maryuri Maribel's story

In the city of Manta’s Umiña neighborhood the Umiña communal bank meets every fifteen days; it’s a city known for its beautiful beaches, its cuisine and for being one of the country’s and America’s most important ports located on the shores of the Pacific.

We met Maryuri, 36, in this place. She’s married and has three children who are 10 and 8 years old and a six month old baby. The two oldest attend school. Her husband works in a factory in Manta.

In order to get ahead with her family, she has a grocery store at home; she sells all types of products like rice, sugar, oil, detergent, vegetables, greens and fruit. She also sells mobile phone recharges which produce a little extra income for her. She works every day from 6am until 8pm and sometimes even later. Her children and her husband help her with the work when they can and aren’t busy. She tells us that she likes her work because she earns a bit and can be watchful of her children at the same time since she doesn’t have to leave the house. She’s been in this line of work for five years and does very well.

She will use this loan to better stock her store. She will buy rice, sugar, oil, detergent, cured meats and other basic staple items. She’s been in the communal bank for five years and likes it because she was able to start her business with the first loan she got. Her goal is to stay in business and that it grows more every day.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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