A loan of $1,475 helped to buy pulses, fruits and vegetables.

Erika Mariuxi's story

In Los Bajos de Montecristi, a city known for its wide array of typical products, such as the straw hats and shawls which are recognised both at home and abroad, the members of the all-female 4 de Noviembre Communal Bank meet every two weeks.

One of the members is Erika. She is 24 and is married with three children aged 8, 6 and 5. The older two children are at school. Her husband is a businessman.

To help her husband, Erika obtains loans for him to invest in his business, which is selling fruits and vegetables. He has a stall at a market in Manta and works there every day from 5am to 2pm or until he has sold all his products. He gets his stock from the wholesale market where he buys what he needs to sell each day. He has had this business for more than five years and it allows them to get by.

This new loan is to buy pulses, fruits and vegetables. This is Erika's fourth cycle with the Communal Bank and she likes it because of the help she gets with the loans.

Her dream is to own a car for her husband to use to sell his products.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer |Joanna Bartlett

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