A loan of $1,500 helped to purchase rice, meat, fish, and other food supplies.

Teresa Leonor's story

The communal bank, Mujeres Unidas (United Women), meets every fifteen days in Cantón Jipijapa. The region, also known by the name Sultana del Café, is known for its extensive cultivation of a distinctly flavored coffee, its local cuisine, and the warmth of its people.

In this location, lives Teresa. She is 65 years old, married, and has four children from this marriage. [These children] have reached the age of adulthood, but one of them still lives with Teresa. Her husband is a master stonemason.

Teresa, in partnership with one of her children, has a restaurant [that is operated] in her house. Each day, they prepare delicious lunches and snacks there. From day to day, large numbers of [customers] arrive at her establishment to be served her delicious dishes. It has been seven years that they have operated this business, a business that they started with a loan that they received from the bank. For this, Teresa is very appreciative since [the credit] has [allowed her family] to progress. The [availability of] work for her husband is unpredictable and there have been long periods of time that he did not have work. Thanks to her business, they have been able to move forward [in a positive direction].

Teresa will use this loan to purchase rice, meat, fish and other food supplies used in the preparation of the meals. She has been a member of the communal bank for 10 years and likes [being a member] since it was thanks to one the loans that she started her business.

Her goals are to continue advancing her business and to provide a good education for her children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Noah O'Brien

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