A loan of $1,400 helped to buy fruits, vegetables, and legumes.

Mercedes Sebastiana's story

The loan group "María Auxiliadora" meets in the parish of Sequita, which is a part of Montecristi, a prosperous canton in Manabí, known for the famous straw hats which are appreciated inside the country and around the world.

Mercedes a 47 year old woman, lives here. She is married and has 5 children as a result, all of whom are over the age of 18, though three of her children still live with her. Her husband is a businessman.

She tries to help out her husband like a good wife as much as she can, and for this reason, she is asking for a loan so that he can use it in his business. He works as a fruit, legume,s and vegetable vendor which he does four days a week in the market in Manta. Her husband goes at sunrise to the aforementioned market with the aim of buying from the wholesale vendors, and then he makes his sales to the people who come to the marketplace to buy their daily necessities. He has spent more than 15 years in this business, which allows him to get ahead in life.

She will use her loan funds to buy fruits, vegetables, and legumes. She has spent 12 years with her communal bank, and she likes it because of the help she has been given through her loans.

Her dream is to have a fully stocked shop.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Mount

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