A loan of $1,075 helped to buy everyday items, stationary and school supplies.

Yolita Yenny's story

The capital of Manabí is Portoviejo, a city that has also been known for many years as 'The City of the Royal Tamarind Trees'. In Portoviejo, members of Banco Comunal Pequeños Comerciantes (Small Business-holders Communal Bank) meet every fortnight.

Yolita, who is 47 years old, lives there. A few years ago her dear husband died and she didn't have any children. She lives with her two brothers who provide her with company.

Yolita has a small shop in her house where she sells everyday items including certain stationary products. She pours all her energy into her business as it keeps her distracted and is the way she provides for herself. She works everyday from 6am to 8pm. She has been working in this business, which she had with her late husband, for more than ten years.

She is going to use this loan to stock her shop with a greater variety of everyday products, stationary and school supplies. She has been a member of the communal bank for 5 years and the loans have always been a big help to her.

Her aims are to improve her business and see her shop continue to grow.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Bell

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