A loan of $1,400 helped to buy rice, meat, fish, and other groceries.

Elizabeth Beatriz's story

The communal bank "Mujeres Unidas" ["Women United"] meets every fifteen days in Jipijapa canton, a canton known as the "Coffee Sultaness" for its extensive plantings of coffee, which has an incomparable flavor. Jipijapa is also known for its cuisine and the warmth of its people.

In this place lives 34-year-old Elizabeth. She is separated and has three children, ages 18, 16, and 8. The two older children are in secondary school and the youngest is in primary school.

To make a living and so that her children never lack anything, Elizabeth works selling food. More than six years ago, she set up a small eatery in her house. There she prepares delicious dishes every afternoon. Her specialty is fritada with roasted plantains or patacones, which is very appetizing to her customers. She works alone and sometimes with the help of her children, when they aren't busy. This is how she supports her children by herself.

She will use this loan to buy rice, meat, fish, and other groceries for the preparation of her foods. She has been in the communal bank for ten years and she likes it for the help they give her with the loans.

Her goals are to carry on with her business and to give her children a good education.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Holly Torpey

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