A loan of $1,200 helped to buy food to sell in her store.

Maritza Maribel's story

Maritza has been a member of the communal bank Bankito Progresista for 3 years. She lives in Cuenca, the third most important city in the country. It is surrounded by 4 rivers and its people maintain their culture and traditions, including their traditional cuisine.

Maritza is 28, married and she and her husband have three children, ages 7, 5, and 4 years old. All of them go to school in the city. Her husband is an auto mechanic. They don't have their own home so they live in a rental.

Maritza is grateful to God for the good health that she and her family enjoy. Most of her time is spent taking care of her family but she also sells clothing. Since she's an entrepreneur and is always looking for ways to get ahead economically, she opened a store two months ago. She works from Sunday to Sunday without a fixed schedule. For now it's going well and her customer base is growing every day.

Maritza invested her previous loan in her clothing business. This one she will use to buy food to stock in her store. She likes the communal bank because the loans help her expand her economic activity. Her goal is to expand her store as well.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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