A loan of $1,500 helped to buy fruits, vegetables and bricks.

Gloria Isabel'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 Gloria, 30 years old, married and with 4 children. The oldest two, 15 and 13 years old, study in secondary school and the younger two, 11 and 6 years old, are in primary school. Her husband is a merchant.

Our friend is using this loan for her husband who making a living selling fruits and vegetables. She tells us that at dawn he leaves in his car for the wholesale market to stock up on his products and later brings those same products to distribute throughout the area, especially to the areas where he makes many sales. In the afternoons he makes a living in the buying and selling of bricks used to build houses. He has five years of experience with this work with which he has helped his family get ahead.

This loan is to buy fruit, vegetables and bricks. She has been with the communal bank for five years and likes it because with the loans she can help her husband. Her dream is to buy a larger car because the one that they have is a little worn down.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gina Cappuccitti

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