A loan of $1,500 helped to buy sugar, fruit, flour, and eggs, etc.

Josefa Ilaria's story

The Junín communal bank meets every two weeks in the Junín canton. This place is known for its kind and hardworking people. It is also known as the place where the best liquor in the province and in Ecuador is distilled.

Josefa, age 56, is married, and they have three children. The children are all grown, and two of them still live in her house. Her husband is the chief of the fire department.

She is a very hard-working woman who has always liked earning her own income on her own. She has a candy shop at her house. She makes the candy herself, and it is in high demand by her customers. She also makes candy wholesale for receptions or parties. However, she makes these by orders that her customers place in advance. She has had this business for over five years. It pleases her because it keeps her busy, and she makes what she likes.

This loan is to buy sugar, fruit, flour, and eggs, etc. She needs these items to make the candy. She has been in the communal bank for 14 years, and she likes the help that the loans provide.

Her dreams are to get ahead and to be in good health.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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