A loan of $1,100 helped to buy provisions and agricultural supplies.

María Gabriela's story

The members of Trabajando para un Futuro Communal Bank meet every two weeks in Rocafuerte Canton. This place is known for the delicious sweets made by locals that are known throughout the country and for the warmth of its kind and hardworking people.

This is where María, 27, lives. She has a common-law relationship from which she has a five-year-old son who is in school. Her husband works in agriculture.

Our friend works as a teacher in a private school in the town, but she also works in business. She and her father-in-law have a store in her father-in-law's house where they sell all types of provisions as well as some medicines and telephone cards because these give them extra profits. They work every day from 6:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Her father-in-law is there in the mornings and once she arrives from school she takes charge of the business. She has been in this venture for three years and they are very good with it because the business gives them good income. Her husband also grows pearl onions, on which she also will use part of the loan.

She is going to use this loan to buy provisions and agricultural supplies for her husband's fields. She has been in the communal bank since the beginning and she likes it for the help they get with the loans.

Her goals are to expand the business even more and give her little boy the best.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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