A loan of $1,500 helped to buy rice, sugar, oil, clothing, shoes and other products.

Angela Ramona's story

Every two weeks, the members of the 'La Frontera de Urvavisa' community bank meet in the city of Portoviejo. This beautiful city of green mountains and beautiful landscapes has been known for many years as 'The City of the Valley'.

Angela is a founding member of her community bank. She likes it because of the help that they provide in the form of loans. This helps her to make progress in her business and improve her financial situation. Angela is 57 years old. Her husband died several years ago. She has three children from her marriage who are all now grown up and independent.

In order to make progress, together with her family, Angela has a general store in her home where she sells all kinds of products such as rice, sugar, oil, detergents, vegetables, greens and meat. She works every day, from 6.00am to 8.00pm, and sometimes until even later. She also sells clothing and shoes. She makes these sales from her store and also door to door. She enjoys being in this business because, in addition to making a living, she also enjoys herself and keeps up to date with what is going on in the local area. Angela has been working in her business for more than 15 years and is doing very well.

Angela is taking out a new loan because she was able to use some of the profits that she previously made to treat and recover from some ailments that she was suffering from. She is now enjoying much better health and hopes to use this loan to further stock her store. She will buy rice, oil, clothing, shoes and other products.

Angela's goal is to continue making progress in her business and to further grow her store.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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