A loan of $1,500 helped to purchase irons, blenders, shirts, pants, and other items.

Mercy Mayuri's story

Every two weeks, the members of the community bank Los Laureles meeting in the beautiful city of Bahía De Caraquez, which is known for its beaches, cuisine, and for the warmth of its people.

Here we meet Mercy, who is 49 years old, married, and has six children. Five of them are adults and the youngest is 10 years old. One of her children studies at the university and the youngest attends school, and these two live with her. Her husband is a taxi driver.

In order to earn her own income and help her husband with the household expenses, she started a business selling household goods such as irons, blenders, toasters, sheets, and other items. She also sells clothing. She works two days a week selling items door to door. She brings the merchandise to Bahía as she takes the orders and receives them in her city. In addition to this, they also have a tanker that distributes water to people who ask for this service. One of her sons is in charge of this business. She has done this work for more than eight years and she says that it is going very well.

This loan will be used to purchase more products such as irons, blenders, shirts, and pants. She has been a member of the community bank from the beginning and is the president. She likes the help she receives from the bank.

Her dream is that her younger children finish their studies and become professionals.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eileen Lloyd

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