A loan of $800 helped to buy fruit and supplies.

María Benilda's story

The Balzar communal bank meets bimonthly in the San Placido parish, Portoviejo canton. This area is known for its kind and hard-working people who mostly work in the fields, tending to the land.

María, 42 years old, lives here. She is in a common law marriage, from which she has six children. Three of them are adults and the others are 16, 14, and 10 years old and go to school. Her husband is a builder.

She is a very good homemaker. When she saw that her husband did not have permanent and regular work, she decided to take over a cafe in one of the local schools seven years ago. Here, they offer nutritional and healthy food that María prepares in addition to fruit for the children who come to the school. She works Monday through Friday and pays the school monthly for renting out the cafe.

María will use this loan to buy fruits and supplies to prepare food. She has been in the communal bank for three loan cycles and she likes the help that the institution provides.

Her goals are to continue forward with her business and give her children a good education.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Polenske

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