A loan of $1,200 helped to purchase sweets, rice, sugar, canned items, detergents and other goods.

Luisa Beatriz's story

The Para el Futuro De la Mujer communal bank gets together every two weeks in La Pila, Montecristi. This place is well-known both in the province and in the country for its rich traditional culture; one can find a great variety of handicrafts that are made by the locals using the traditional customs.

This is where Luisa lives. She is a 39-year-old married mother of three, ages 16, 14, and 8. The two eldest are in secondary school while the youngest is in elementary school. Luisa's husband is a teacher.

In order to get ahead and make her own money without having to depend on her husband, she is a small business owner. She runs a small general store from home, where she sells all types of provisions and candies that the local tourists crave. She works every day from 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., and sometimes even later. Her children her with the business whenever they can, and she has been quite prosperous because thanks to these loans, she is able to stock up her business more and more.

She will use this loan to stock up on all types of provisions. She has been with the bank for 15 years, and she likes it because she started her business with a loan.

Her goals are to expand her business and to provide her children with a good education.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Casian

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