A loan of $600 helped to buy melons, watermelons, cucumbers, and other fruit.


Marlene Monserrate's story

The members of Mejorando el Futuro Communal Bank meet every two weeks in a town called Tierras Amarillas in Rocafuerte Canton. This area is known for its agriculture because a large number of residents work in short-cycle farming.

Marlene lives here. She is 35 years old and has a common-law relationship from which she has three daughters, ages 10, 9, and 4. The two oldest are in school. Her husband works in agriculture.

Our friend works with her brother. They have a business selling fruit such as watermelons, melons, cucumbers, etc. Her work method is the following: They buy from farmers in the area and then go to the market in the city of Portoviejo every morning to sell both wholesale and retail. They work from Monday through Saturday from 5:00 until 2:00. She says she has been doing this work for several years already and that she has been able to improve her quality of life thanks to this business.

This loan is to buy melons, watermelons, cucumbers, and other fruit. She has been in the communal bank for seven years and she likes it for the support and help she has received throughout the years.

Her dreams are to improve her house and to buy a car someday because they rent every time they make a trip.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall


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