A loan of $1,500 helped to buy rice, meat, fish and other groceries to make food to sell.

Tania Alexandra's story

The communal bank "Artesanal" meets every 15 days in Jipijapa canton. This canton known by the name of "the sultan of coffee," because of its extensive plantings of coffee, which has an incomparable flavor, as well as for its cuisine and the warmth of its people.

Tania, 32, lives in this place. She is in a common-law marriage from which she has a 3 year-old daughter. Her husband works as a supervisor for a shrimp company.

In order to earn some money on her own, and to help her family get ahead, Tania has a business preparing and selling desserts and sweets. She also prepares lunches and snacks that she delivers and makes food for parties and receptions. Almost every week there is some sort of social event where she is in charge of the food and the dessert. She has been doing this work for 7 years, and it is going very well because her desserts and meals are delicious.

With this loan, she will buy rice, meat, fish and other groceries to make the food. She has been with this communal bank for 7 loan cycles, and she likes it because the loans have helped her a lot with her business.

Her goal is to provide the best for her daughter.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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