A loan of $1,600 helped to buy school supplies, paper, ink, etc.

Digna Viviana's story

The village bank Mujeres Organizadas meets every 15 days in the canton of Rocafuerte, a place known throughout the country for delicious locally-made sweets.

Here we meet Viviana, 32, who is married and has three children, ages 13, 6 and 3. The oldest are in high school and elementary school. Her husband is a teacher at a local high school.

In order to make her own money and give her family a better future, Viviana started a business seven years ago offering printing services and paper goods. She later added computer work as well. In her store she sells school supplies, books and other learning materials for students. She works Monday to Saturday from 6:30am to 9pm. Her mother, brother and husband help her when they're free, and she also does computer maintenance.

This loan is to buy more school supplies, paper, ink and other things. She has been a part of the village bank since the beginning. She is the treasurer and likes it because the loans really help out her business. Her dreams are to continue making progress with her business and to give her children the very best.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Berghaus

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