A loan of $1,000 helped buy fish, yucca, soda, and other ingredients.

Blanca Tulmira's story

In the Calderon parish in the city of Portoviejo, the members of the communal bank Desarollo Femenino meet every fifteen days. This area is known for its rich gastronomy and vegetation, and most of the inhabitants work in agricultural or sales.

It is home to Blanca, 52 years old, who is separated with five adult children, two of whom still live with her.

Blanca is a hardworking woman who, in order to provide for herself and cover household expenses, began a business selling encebollados (a typical dish) twelve years ago. On the weekends she sets up a small shop in her home where she sells this delicious dish that many people appreciate. Her children also deliver the dish on a tricycle to a busy area of the neighborhood.

This loan is to buy fish, yucca, sodas and other ingredients necessary to prepare the meals. She has been with the communal bank since it’s beginning, and is happy because she was able to start her business with one of the loans provided.

Her dream is to have a great restaurant.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Molly Jones

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