A loan of $1,500 helped to buy grocery items.

Ena Jesús's story

The Mujeres Unidas communal bank meets every two weeks in the Jipijapa canton. It is known as the Sultana of Coddee, because of the extensive coffee crops which have an incomparable flavor. It is also known for its cuisine and the warmth of its people.

This is where Ena lives. She is 61 years old, married and the mother of six children. They are already grown but four of them still live with her. Her husband is a farmer.

To help out with the household expenses, she has a small store in her house. She sells all types of groceries there in addition to vegetables, produce and fruit. She aslo sells certain variety items and paper products. She works every day from 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and sometimes even later. Her children help her with the work when they can. She has had the business for more than 14 years and she is very happy since she feels useful doing an activity and it brings her great benefits without having to leave her house.

She is going to invest this loan in stocking her store. She has been in the communal banl since the beginning, more than 16 years ago. She likes it because she has made more friends in the group.

Her goals are to keep going ahead in her business and for her store to grow every day.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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