A loan of $1,000 helped to buy rice, meat, fish and other supplies.

Amelia Sebastiana's story

In the parish San Pablo in the city of Portoviejo, capital of Manabí, which has been known for many years as the city of the real tamarinds, every 15 days the members of the communal bank Unión y Solidaridad meet.

Amelia, 49 years old, lives in this place. She is married and from this relationship she has 2 children, which are now older, married and independent. Her husband is a salesman.

She has a small restaurant in her house, in which she prepares delicious dishes. Shes works Mondays - Saturdays from 6 am until 3 pm. She prepares breakfasts and lunches. Each day she prepares something different so her clients won't bore of the same food. She works alone. She has had her restaurant for 12 years and it has always gone well, since her clients prefer it for the flavor that she puts on her special dishes.

She will use this loan to buy rice, meat, fish and other supplies for the preparation of her foods. She is a the founding member of the communal bank and likes it because of the help the loans bring.

Her dream is to have her own house since she rents where she lives.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kerry George

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