A loan of $800 helped to buy natural products.

María Jacinta's story

The communal bank Nueva Esperanza meets every two weeks in the Calderón Parish in Portoviejo Canton, where noble, hard-working people live and work, mainly in agriculture and commerce.

Here we met María, 50, who is married and has five children, all adults, one of whom still lives with her. Her husband is a retired policeman.

Our friend is a homemaker who, in order to earn her own income and help her husband with household expenses, sells natural products. She says she has a good number of customers who always place orders. She works three days a week, around two to three hours a day, and sells on a credit basis, collecting payment every eight days. For three years she has been in business and it is going well. What she sells most are vitamins and certain weight-loss products.

The loan will be used to buy natural products since she has a large order to fill. This is her second loan through the communal bank which she likes because the loans make running her business easier.

Her dream is to stay healthy.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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