A loan of $1,000 helped to buy cooking ingredients, plantains, sodas, and clothes.


Maritza Monserrate's story

In the seaside resort of San Clemente in the canton of Sucre, the "1 de Diciembre" communal bank meets every fifteen days. This place is known for its beautiful beaches, which are popular with many domestic and international tourists. It offers a diversity of beautiful places and a rich variety of traditional regional dishes. In this location lives Maritza. She is 26 years old and is in a common-law marriage from which she has two children who are five and three years old. Her husband makes his living in fishing. She has been in the communal bank for 11 cycles and she is grateful for the benefits offered by the institution. On top of being a very good housewife, Maritza also works in sales, selling all types of clothing. Three or four times a week, she goes all around her town, offering her products for sale. In addition to that, every afternoon and evening, she works selling fast food. What she sells the most of are "chuzos" [meat skewers] and chicken wings with roasted plantains. She has been working at these activities for more than two years and they are going quite well. Maritza is going to use this loan to buy ingredients for preparing the foods she sells, plantains, sodas, and all kinds of clothes. Her goals are to continue progressing in her business and for her children to have the best.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Holly Torpey


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