A loan of $1,100 helped to buy pants, blouses, shirts and shoes.

Ana María's story

The "Banco Comunal Parque a La Madre" gets together every fifteen days in the canton of Jipijapa. The canton is known as the "sultan of coffee" due to its extensive production of coffee with an incomparable flavor, for its gastronomy, and for the warmth of its residents.

This is where we met Ana. She is 59 years old, she is married and she has 10 adult children, the youngest of whom is 18 years old, still lives at home, and studies in the university. Ana's husband works in agriculture.

Ana is a very good mother and wife and helps her husband with the household expenses generated by such a large family. More than 15 years ago she began a business of selling clothing and shoes of all styles. She sells door-to-door four days per week and provides credit to her customers. She goes to Guayaquil every fifteen days or every month, depending on what she needs, to buy more stock.

This loan will enable Ana to buy more stock such as pants, blouses, shirts, and shoes of all styles. She has been a part of Banco Comunal for 15 years and it is thanks to this organization that she was able to start her business.

Her dream is to see her daughter finish her studies and become a professional.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Andrea Connelly

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