A loan of $1,350 helped to buy clothing, sneakers, ice cream, sodas, etc.

María Isolda's story

In the seaside resort town 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 very popular with many domestic and international tourists. It offers a diversity of beautiful spots and a rich variety of traditional regional dishes.

In this place lives María. She is 53 years old, married, and has four children from that marriage, all of whom are adults and live independently. Her husband no longer works for health reasons.

Upon seeing that her husband would not be able to work anymore, María invested the money they that had saved in stocking a small variety store in their house. Together with her husband, she works in the shop every day, although the days when they sell the most are the weekends, when many tourists arrive in the beautiful beach town. They sell a little of everything, from clothes and shoes to ice cream, sodas, ice, and many other products that their customers need. They have had this business for five years, and now it is the only source of income they have to live on.

María is going to use this loan to stock up their shop. She is going to buy clothes, sneakers, ice cream, sodas, etc., to sell. She has been in the communal bank for more than 14 years and she likes it for the benefits that the institution offers.

Her goals are to carry on with her business and to be in good health.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Holly Torpey

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