A loan of $775 helped to buy corn, manioc, cheese and other foodstuffs.

Yessenia Margarita's story

The “La Dolorosa” communal bank meets every fifteen days in Jipijapa Canton, a canton known as “Sultana del Café” because of the extensive coffee plantations of incomparably flavored coffee and for its cuisine and the warm-heartedness of its people.

Yessenia, 34, lives in this place. She’s in a common law relationship and has an 8 year old son. She also has a daughter from her previous relationship who’s 14 years old. Both live in her house and attend secondary and elementary schools. Her husband’s a merchant.

To earn daily sustenance not dependent on anyone else, she makes manioc and corn tortillas to sell; it’s a food typical of the region. She has a small locale on the main road joining Jipijapa to the city of Portoviejo so many people passing by on this road stop to enjoy her tortillas which are the best in the place because she imparts them with a special flavor. She’s been in business more than 7 years. She works alone though sometimes with the help of her oldest daughter.

This new loan will be used to buy corn, manioc, cheese and other foodstuffs needed to make her tortillas. It’s her fourth cycle in the communal bank and she likes it because the loans are quick and easy to repay. Her dream is to continue increasing and improving her business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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