A loan of $5,300 helped a member to buy rice, sugar, oil, detergents, deli meats and other basic necessity products.

Trabajando Juntos (Rocafuerte) Group's story

In the Rocafuerte canton the Trabajando Juntos [Working Together] communal bank meets every two weeks. This group is made up of 12 women and 2 men. The place is known for the delicious candies made by the locals and that are known throughout the country. They pooled their strengths to be able to access the benefits offered by the Fundación Espoir. With it, they hope to grow their businesses for their families' wellbeing.

In this group we met Dolores. She is 50 years old and several years ago her beloved husband died and she became a widow. From her marriage she has 5 children who are all grown. Two of them live in her house.

Our friend, in order to get ahead with her family, has a store in her house There she sells all types of products such as rice, sugar, oil, detergent, vegetables, legumes and fruit. She works everyday from 6 a.m. until 20 p.m. and sometimes even later. One of her children helps with the work when he isn't busy, but generally it's our friend who is at the business. She tells us that she likes being there since besides earning a living she is entertained and forgets her lonliness. She has had her business for a year and it is going very well despite the brief time she has had it. She had a restaurant before but she closed it because it was very tiring for her.

She is going to use this loan to stock up her store more. She is going to buy rice, sugar, oil, detergents, deli meats and other basis necessity products. this is her first cycle with the group. She is the president of it and hopes to continue in it for a long time.

Her goals are to get ahead in her business and for her store to grow mare every day.

In this group: Dolores Ernestina, María Piedad, Mónica Elizabeth, Martha Isabel, Erika Marilyn, Narcisa Margarita, Marcela Jacqueline, Moncerrate Narcisa, María Drisney, Darlin Damian, José Fredy, Diana Patricia, Silvia Elizabeth, Norly Verónica

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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