A loan of $1,000 helped to buy food items.

Ildaura's story

The “Tosagua” communal bank meets every two weeks in the city of Tosagua. This place is noted for being very dynamic where most of the residents work in agriculture and in animal husbandry; it’s a zone with much vegetation.

Ildaura, 62, lives here. She’s married and has five adult children one of which still lives with her. Her husband works in agriculture.

To help with household expenses she’s a merchant. She has a small store at home where she sells all sorts of food items, legumes, vegetables and fruit as well as some kitchen items and paper goods. She works every day from 6am until 8pm and sometimes even later. Her son and her husband help her with work when they can. She’s been in business more than 12 years and she started the business with the very first loan she got from the communal bank.

She is going to use this loan to better stock her store. She’s going to buy all sorts of food items. She’s been in the communal bank for 12 years and likes it because she’s made more friends in the group. Her goal is to stay in business and that the store grows more every day.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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