A loan of $1,000 helped to buy bananas, peanuts, sodas and other supplies..


Julia Esperanza's story

The Esfuerzo y Poder cooperative bank meets every fifteen days in the canton of Olmedo, a place known for its beautiful landscapes and hard-working people dedicated to farming and raising livestock.

This is where Julia, 59, lives with her husband. Together, they had 14 children, 13 of whom are now grown. The youngest is 15 years old, still lives with them and is in school. Her husband is a bricklayer and has occasional work.

She has a small business in her house where she sells empanadas, corviches (an Ecuadorian dish), sodas, ice cream and other refreshments. She works every afternoon from 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm, and has two pool tables in her locale where people gather to have fun and chat for a while. She works there with her husband’s help, and has more than 8 years in this line of business. Thanks to this activity, they have been able to get ahead.

This loan is to buy bananas, peanuts, sodas and other necessary supplies for making the food. She has more than 9 loan cycles in the cooperative bank, and likes it because the loans are a great deal of help.

Her dream is to see her youngest child complete his studies and become a good person.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer


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