A loan of $875 helped to purchase fruits, vegetables, and material for straw hats.

María Lucciola's story

In Los Bajos de Montecristi, a city well known for its abundance of traditional items such as the straw hats known throughout the country and abroad, there is a bimonthly meeting of the members of the Las Palmitas Communal Bank.

Maria lives in this area, she is 41 years old, married, and has six children ages 23, 20, 16, 15, 12, and 10 years. Five of her children still live at home with her, three are in high school, and one is in grade school. Her husband is a businessman and artisan.

Maria is requesting this loan on behalf of her husband who works selling fruits and vegetables. Very early in the morning he leaves in his car to go to the wholesale market to stock up on the produce which he will later take to sell in the city, particularly to areas where where he makes many sales. In the afternoons he also works making straw hats which once a week he sells to vendors in Montecristi. He has been running these businesses for more than 15 years and this has allowed him to get his family ahead in life.

This loan will be used to purchase fruits, vegetables, and straw for making hats. She has been with the Communal Bank through four rounds and she appreciates the assistance they provide through the loans.

She hopes to one day purchase another car as the one she has is somewhat old.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer JOHN NELSON

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