A loan of $975 helped to buy rice, meat, fish and other supplies for her small restaurant.

Estrella Del Consuelo's story

The members of the "Mejorando el Futuro" communal bank meet every two weeks in the town of Tierras Amarillas in Rocafuerte canton. This area is known for its farming, as a great part of its population work in short-cycle agriculture.

This is where Estrella lives. She is 44 years old, in a common-law relationship, and has four children, all adults. The youngest of them lives in her home. Her husband is a merchant.

She has a small restaurant in her home where she prepares delicious dishes. She works every day from 7:00am to 7:00pm as she makes breakfast, lunch, snacks and à la carte dishes. Her specialty is seafood, as it is her customers' favorite dish.

She has had a restaurant for more than 25 years, and thanks to this business has been able to help her husband raise their family. She also prepares delicious sausages which are very sought after by her customers.

She is going to use this loan to buy rice, meat, fish and other supplies for preparing food. She has been in the communal bank for more than a year and a half, and likes it because they have always helped her overcome difficulties.

Her dream is to buy a car, so that her husband can sell his products, as now he goes around on a tricycle.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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