A loan of $675 helped to buy rice, sugar, oil, sausage, detergents, and other staples.

Andrea Auxiliadora's story

The communal bank "Unión Y Desarrollo" meets every 15 days in the "las Orquídeas" residential community of the city of Portoviejo, a place known for the warmth of its people and its initiative to move forward.

In this place lives Andrea. She is 50 years old and married. From this marriage, she has five children, three of which are adults, and two aged 15 and 16 who go to school and still live with her. Her husband is a painter.

In order to move ahead with her family and help her husband with home expenses, Andrea has a grocery store in her house. There, she sells all types of products such as rice, sugar, oils, detergents, legumes, fruits, vegetables, and certain stationery goods. She likes to have her store well-stocked and to have everything as that is how she earns many more customers since her customers find everything in her store. She works everyday from 6:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M. and at times even later. Her children and husband help her in her store when they able to and are free. She has more than 4 years with this business and it is going very well for her.

She will use this loan to further stock her store. She is going to buy rice, sugar, oil, sausage, detergents, and other staples. She has been with the communal bank since almost its beginning and she likes it for the assistance that the loans give her.

Her goals are to keep moving forward and that her children become good professionals.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeremy Orloski

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