A loan of $1,075 helped to buy sugar, fruit, eggs, flour and other supplies.

Rosa Maribel's story

The Communal Bank María José meets every two weeks in the Picoaza parish in the city of Portoviejo, a place known for its commercial district, for its traditional celebrations of Saint Peter and Saint Paul and for the happiness of its people.

Rosa lives here. She is 40 years old and she is a single mother of a 2-year-old daughter. She lives in her parents' home. She has a degree in Education.

Rosa is a teacher at an educational center in the city of Portoviejo, but as well as this, at her house she has a family business with her parents. They prepare and sell candies in all different flavors, colors and shapes. She works every day so that in the mornings she goes to the school but in the afternoons and on the weekends she makes a living making the candies, even though her parents work all day. Many shopkeepers come to her house to buy her products because they are delicious and that is why they sell very well. She has been making a living in this activity for seven years and it has gone very well for her because she has many customers.

She will use this credit to buy sugar, fruit, eggs, flour and other necessary supplies for making her candies. She has been with the Communal Bank for more than three years and she likes it because the credits help her a lot.

Her dream is to one day have a car to help her get to work.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Katherine Beck

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