A loan of $2,750 helped a member to buy sausages.

Virgen De Lourdes (Jipijapa) Group's story

The village bank Virgen de Lourdes meets every 15 days in the community Joa del Canton Jipijapa. This part of the canton is known for lush vegetation and for being close to the beaches of Puerto Callo. The majority of the inhabitants are farmers and merchants.

This group decided to come together and form the bank that has been of great help to them in the 5 cycles that they've gone through. They feel like they've benefited a lot from the loans they received.

Here we meet Quendy, 34, who is married and has two children, ages 14 and 11. The kids are both in school. Her husband is a farmer.

With the goal of earning some extra money and helping her husband with their household expenses and their children's education, three years ago she and her mother-in-law started a business buying and selling sausages. She says that her mother-in-law has a car and three times a week they get products sent from Cuenca that they then deliver to small merchants or stores in the area. She tells us that it's going well because they are the only ones delivering these products in their community.

This loan will be used to buy sausages for resale. She's been through 5 cycles and is the president of the village bank. She likes it for the help and benefits that she receives from the bank. Her dream is to have a refrigerated car.

In this group: Quendy Holanda, Antonieta Elsa, María Rossana, Karina Alexandra, Patricia Maricela, Icelita Sonia*, Gloria Azucena, Marlene Judith, Mariela Godina, Justina Yolanda, Consuelo Karina

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Berghaus

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