A loan of $1,075 helped to buy flour, eggs, sugar, fruit and other goods.

María Auxiliadora'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.

Maria, 61, lives here. She is married and has 10 grown children, two of whom live with her. Her husband is a farmer.

Maria makes and sells sweets. Every morning she gets up at 5am to prepare the candies with patience and care. Once her delicious sweets are ready she delivers them to merchants who sell them in other cantons and cities around the country. One of her kids helps her with the work. She learned how to make the candies from her mother, and has been doing it for more than 30 years as her source of income.

This loan is to buy flour, eggs, sugar, fruit and other products needed to make the candies. She has been part of the village bank for more than 4 years and likes it because the loans have allowed her to improve her business and her home. Her dream has always been to have a small business with machinery to make a greater volume of candy.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Berghaus

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