A loan of $1,100 helped to buy groceries.

Nancy Azucena's story

The “Artesanal” communal bank meets every two weeks in Jipijapa Canton, a canton known as the “Sultana of Coffee” because of the vast plantations of incomparably flavored coffee there, for its cuisine and for the warm-heartedness of its people.

Nancy, 48, lives here and has an adult son who still lives with her. Her husband works for the canton’s municipality. In order to get ahead with her family and to contribute to household expenses she opened a small store at home more than 13 years ago with some savings of hers and some help she got from her husband. With the passage of time and with help from the loans she’s gotten from Fundación Espoir the store has been improving and she’s been stocking it more all the time. She sells all types of products there and she also provides mobile phone recharges for several providers.
She works every day from 6am until 8pm and sometimes even later. Her son helps her when he’s not busy although it’s usually she who is at the store because in addition to earning some money she also keeps herself entertained.

She will use the loan to buy groceries to stock her store. She’s been in the communal bank for 10 years and likes it because all the loans have improved her store very much. Her goal is to continue forward and improving her business still more.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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