A loan of $1,500 helped to buy food supplies and stationery.

María Elizabeth's story

In Santa Martha of Parish Riochico in Portoviejo, every 15 days members of Communal Bank "Querer es Poder" of Riochico meet. This place is known fors it vegetation where the majority of the inhabitants work in agriculture.

Here lives Mrs. María, who is 44years old, separated, and has 5 children 4 of which are grown-up and a 17 year old in high school. Two of her children still live at home.

Our friend works in various types of businesses to maintain her children since her husband left them when they were very young. Since then she took it upon herself to make sure they were raised well. She sells hardware tools and food. She works daily from morning to evenings to sell breakfast and lunches. Her specialty is Tonga which consists of rice and chicken wrapped in banana leaves and has a high demand from her clients. She sells the hardware tools from her home or sells door to door. She has been working in these businesses for more than 15 years and has done very well.

She is requesting another loan since her previous loans improved her business and made her life easier. She plans on using her extra income to pay for her youngest son's education. She will use this loan to buy more tools, rice, and other supplies to make plates to sell. This will be her third loan cycle and she likes the quickness of obtaining loans.

Her dream is to be able to offer her children all they need.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Susan Garza

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