A loan of $1,300 helped to stock her store.


Julia Solanda's story

The “Para el Futuro De la Mujer” meets every two weeks in the town of Montecristi. This area is very well known in the province and in the country for its rich traditional culture and a great variety of art, made in the traditional way, can be found here.

Julia lives here. She’s 58 years old, married, and has four adult children; three of whom still live at home. Her husband is handicapped and no longer works. In order to get ahead with the household expenses, and upon seeing that her husband couldn’t work, Julia has a small store within her home. There she sells all types of food, such as beans, fruits and vegetables, and certain types of paper goods. She works daily from 6:00am to 8:00pm and sometimes later. Her children help her whenever they can. She’s had this business for ten years and thanks to it, they have been able to get ahead. She will use the money from this loan to better stock her store. She will buy all types of food. She has been part of the communal bank since it began and she likes it because she was able to start her business with the help of a loan and has been improving it with subsequent loans.

Her goals are to continue ahead with her business and for her store to grow more each day.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes


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