A loan of $1,200 helped buy rice, sugar, oil, detergent, and other basic products.

María Ana Bella'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 agriculture or sales.

It is home to Ana, 53 years old, who is married with five adult children, three of whom still live at home. Her husband is a salesman.

Ana and her husband, working together to move forward, run a shop out of their home. There they sell all kinds of products like rice, sugar, oils, detergents, fruit and vegetables. They work Monday through Friday and on weekends they have a stand at the market where they can sell even more. On these two days, many people come from the farms to stock up on products.

Ana has worked in this business for over 25 years and it is going well. She will use this loan to stock her store with a variety of products. She will buy rice, sugar, oil, detergents, and other basic products. She has been a part of the communal bank for over 11 years and she likes it because the loans help her a lot.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Molly Jones

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