A loan of $1,100 helped to buy glasses, hats, and materials to make key chains.

Libio Marín's story

The Communal Bank “3 de Mayo” [May 3rd] meets every fifteen days in the canton of Jipijapa, a canton known as “La Sultana del Café” because of its extensive fields of incomparably flavored coffee, its cuisine, and for the warmth of its people.

This is where we meet Libio who is 42 years old, separated, and has four children. One of his children is 12, studies in school, and is the one that lives with him in his parent’s house.

He makes his living as a merchant, selling glasses, hats, and other items. He tells us that to make sales he travels on weekends to other towns like Salinas, Atacames, and other beaches to sell his products. He also makes key chains in different shapes and sizes and sells them on his trips. He has been doing this work for more than 15 years and he does very well.

This loan is to buy more glasses, hats, and materials to make key chains. He has been a member of the communal bank for two years and he likes it because of the help it has given him.

His dream is to buy a car to use to sell his products.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diana Gonzalez

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