A loan of $1,300 helped to buy rice, meat, fish, shrimp, and other ingredients.

Maria Alexandra's story

The members of the November 4th Communal Bank meet every 15 days in the lowlands of Montecristi, a city that is known for a large diversity of traditional products such as the Panama hats that are famous both within and outside of the country.

It is in this place where one can meet Sra. María. She is 42 years old, married, and has three children (ages 16, 15, and 13) who are in high school. Her husband is a merchant.

María helps her husband with the household expenses since what he earns is not enough to cover their needs. She started a business several years ago. María has a small diner in her house where she prepares delicious dishes. She works every day from 6am to 3pm. María says that her diner has been in operation for 15 years and it has always done very well because her customers enjoy the flavor of her dishes. In the mornings, she prepares delicious “ceviche” (marinated seafood) of fish and shrimp since this dish is well-liked by her customers.

This loan will be used to buy rice, meat, fish, shrimp, and other ingredients for preparing her dishes. María has been with the Communal Bank from the beginning and enjoys being a member because the loans have been very helpful in financing her business.

Her dreams are to continue moving forward in her business and to provide a good education for her children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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