A loan of $650 helped to buy oil, butter and plantains.

Carmen Amparo's story

The Communal Bank "Amor Y Paz" meets every fifteen days in the parish of Calderón in the city of Portoviejo. In this area the people make a living in agriculture, raising livestock and selling their products.

Here Amparo lives. She is 39 years old, married and has three children from this relationship. One of her children is already of independent age and the other two are 17 and 15 years old. All of her children are studying, her daughter is at university and the youngest are in high school. All of her children live at home. Her husband is a merchant.

Together they have a family business, producing plantain chips. They work nine hours everyday in producing and delivering their products. They divide the work amongst themselves, some in the production and the others in traveling to deliver their products. They bring their product to several stores in the area and also in some stores in Rocafuerte and Portoviejo. With them, three aditional people work whom they pay a weekly salary.

They are going to use this product to buy oil, butter and plantains to make their sales and fill the orders that they have. She is a founding member of the Communal Bank and she likes it because the loans have always brought her great help.

Her dream is to expand her business and have industrial machines that are satisfactory to make the chips.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gina Cappuccitti

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