A loan of $1,400 helped to buy rice, sugar, cooking oil, detergent, ice cream, and other staple goods.

Maryuri Maribel's story

In the city of Manta’s Umiña neighborhood, the Banco Comunal Umiña meets every 15 day. Manta is known for its beautiful beaches and excellent restaurants, and is one of the most important Pacific ports in Ecuador and, indeed, in all of South America.

Maryuri, 36 years old, is a resident of Umiña. She is married and has three children, two young children aged ten and eight and a baby of six months. The two older children go to school. Her husband works in a factory in Manta.

To help support her family, she runs a store in their home in which she sells all sorts of products, including rice, sugar, cooking oil, detergent, grains, fruits, and vegetables, and also offers a service to put more money on people's cell phone for a little extra income. She works every day from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. or even later. Her children and husband help her when they can and do not have other obligations. She likes her work because it brings in an income and allows her to look after her children's needs at all time, since she doesn't have to leave the house. She's had her store for five years and it's going very well.

She is requesting another loan. Her store is successful because she has a solid customer base that comes to her store to shop every day. She has started selling ice cream for an Ecuadorean company, which gave her a freezer and products to sell. This new addition to the shop is bringing in more profits. She will use this loan to stock her store, buying rice, sugar, cooking oil, detergent, ice cream, and other staple goods. She has been a member of the Banco Comunal for five years, and she likes it because the first loan she received helped her start her business.

Her goals are to build a successful business and expand her store every day.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Andrea Rosenberg

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