A loan of $1,500 helped to buy fruits and vegetables.

Carmen Cerela'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.

Carmen lives here. She’s 43 years old, is in a live in relationship and has five children. Two of them are adults and the others are ages 11, 10, and 8. The three youngest attend school. Her husband is a merchant.

She is a great housewife who is asking for this loan in order to help her husband, who has a fruits and vegetables business. Very early in the morning he goes to Portoviejo to supply himself with all of the products that they sell in the main marketplace, so that he can later sell them at the local marketplace, where people go to buy their daily food. He works every day and has been doing this for nine years. This is how he supports his family each day.

This loan is so that he can buy vegetables for his business. She is a founding member of the communal bank and she likes the benefits that the bank provides.

Her dream is to have a grocery store in her home.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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