A loan of $1,400 helped to buy water and fuel.


Ana Rosa's story

In Los Bajos de Montecristi, a city known for its diversity of local products such as Panama hats known within and outside of the country, the members of the communal bank Mujeres Por el Progreso meet every 15 days.

Here we meet Ana, who is 43 years old, married and with 2 children with her partner. Her oldest, 15 years old, studies at school and the younger one, 5 years old, just began school this year. Her husband is a driver.

Our friend is using the loan for her husband who has a tanker truck with which he takes water to businesses and factories in the city of Manta. She tells us that her husband makes several trips each day because these places require a lot of this vital liquid in order to work. He receives weekly pay for the sell of water and needs capital in order to continue working. He has made a living in this work for more than 14 years, which he has used to get ahead.

This loan is to buy water and fuel to continue working. She has had four cycles with the communal bank and likes it because the loans are fast and easy to pay.

Her dreams are to get ahead and to give her children a good education.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gina Cappuccitti


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