A loan of $1,500 helped to purchase provisions and fruits.

María Celinda's story

The members of the "Pequeños Comerciantes" ("Small Retailers") communal bank gather together every 15 days in the town of Portoviejo, capital of Manabí. It has been known for several years as the city of the royal tamarind trees.
There lives María. She's 46 years old and married, and from this relationship she has seven children. The youngest ones are 17 and 15 years old and attend high school. Her husband is in retail.
María runs a small restaurant in her house. She prepares delicious dishes that delight her customers, who come to her eatery every day in order to help themselves to the food she cooks. Aside from meals, she also sells fruit smoothies and other prepared foodstuffs. She works in the afternoons every day from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., or until everything she prepared is finished. She gets help from her youngest children; after they're done with homework, they provide the help she needs in other to serve her customers well. She has been in this business for over 10 years and it very much helps her to pay for her children's and her household's expenses.
She'll use this loan to purchase provisions for preparing food, and also fruits. She has been a member of the communal bank for over 6 years and she likes it because of the help she gets with the loans.
Her dream is to keep on improving her restaurant.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Renata Wolff

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