A loan of $1,300 helped to buy clothing and seafood.

Diana Mariuxi's story

Every fifteen days the communal bank, Bankito La Y, meets at the San Jacinto beach in Sucre Canton. This location is known for its beautiful beaches which are visited by many national and foreign tourists. It offers a diversity of lovely attractions and a rich variety of regional dishes.

This is where Diana lives. She is 30 and has two children, ages 9 and 5, who attend school. Her common-law husband is a fisherman.

She is a homemaker who earns her own income selling clothing door-to-door to help cover her children's education costs. She also sells seafood from home and works four mornings a week while her children are at school. Her sales are transacted on a credit basis and payment is collected on weekends. She buys merchandise in Portoviejo.

This loan is to buy clothing and seafood. Diana has been in the communal bank since its beginning; and she likes the fact that loans are granted quickly.

Her goal is to have her own shop one day.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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