A loan of $1,100 helped to buy flour, sugar, lard and other ingredients.

Victoria Fabiana's story

The Mujeres Unidas communal bank meets every two weeks in the Jipijapa canton, known as the "Sultan of Coffee" because of its extensive fields of coffee of incomparable flavor, its gastronomy and the quality of its people.

Victoria, 50, lives here. Her husband died some years ago but they had four children who are now all adults and independent.
She has a bakery which she had when her dear husband was alive. After his death she had to take charge and did so with the help of her children who worked with her. She has a sales area in her house and another in the city center. They start work at 5 am baking the bread so that when the customers arrive, they take the best and most delicious bread to their tables. One of her sons is also in charge of going to the fields and selling from his motorbike. He sells a lot of products in these areas and he makes good money. He has been doing this for 20 years.

She will use the loan to buy flour, sugar, lard and other ingredients that she uses to prepare the bread. She has been in the communal bank for 5 years and she likes the help that she gets from the loans.

Her dream is to get ahead with her business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Miriam Palacio

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