A loan of $1,625 helped to buy rice, sugar, oil, detergents, bazaar items and groceries.

Anita María'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 Anita, 38, lives with her husband and three school-aged daughters, ages 14, 11 and 9. Her husband is a fisherman and also a driver.

Anita runs a grocery store out of her home and sells all kinds of essential goods such as rice, sugar, oils, detergents, and other items. She hopes to receive a loan to buy certain bazaar articles to sell at her store as well. She works every day from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and sometimes even later. She also sells home-made ice cream that is very popular among her customers. She has been in business for over five years and claims to be able to stock her store easier thanks to the loans.

This loan will be used to stock the store with rice, sugar, oil, detergents, bazaar items and other groceries. She has been in the communal bank since the beginning and is the activing treasurer of the group. She likes the fact that the members are very responsible.

Her dream is to get ahead and giver her daughters the best she can.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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