A loan of $1,200 helped to buy ingredients.

Mariana Azucena's story

The members of the “Desarrollo Femenino” communal bank meet every two weeks in the Calderón parish of the city of Portoviejo. This area is known for its delicious food and for its vegetation. Most of its residents are involved in farming and general business.

Mariana lives here. She’s 46 years old, is in a live-in relationship and has four children between the ages of 17 and 12. Two of them study at the university and the other two attend school. Her husband sells fruits and vegetables.

In order to help her husband, who doesn’t earn enough to support the household; she prepares hayacas (a typical manabita country dish that is enjoyed by people in other towns). Each day she prepares hayacas and her husband delivers them in the city of Manta, while he sells his fruits and vegetables. She has been doing this for more than 20 years and it was her mother in law who left her this business when she passed away.

She will use the money from this loan to buy the necessary ingredients to make her products. She has been with the communal bank for more than six years and she likes the assistance that the bank provides.

Her dream is to enjoy good health.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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