A loan of $1,000 helped to buy rice, sugar, oil, detergents and other items to sell in her home-based store which is open daily from 6:00AM until 8:00PM or later.

Vicenta De Los Angeles's story

In the suburb of El Florón in the city of Portoviejo, capital of Manabí, known for many years as the city of Royal Tamarind Trees, the communal bank Renacer meets twice a month.

Vicenta lives here. She is 76 years old, married with seven adult and independent children. Her husband works in carpentry.

She has a store in her home. There she sells products such as rice, sugar, oils, detergents, fruit and vegetables and some household items and other things. Her clients buy everything which is why she keeps up and stocks it more every day, working daily from 6:00AM until 8:00PM and sometimes later. She enjoys her business because of her friendships and acquaintances who stop by every day to her store. She has had her store for more than 15 years and it has gone well.

This loan is going to be used to stock her store. She is going to buy rice, sugar, oil, detergents, among other products. She has more than 13 years in the communal bank and she likes it because of the support she receives from these loans. Her goals are to get ahead in her business and for her store to grow more each day.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand

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