A loan of $650 helped to buy rice, sugar, oil, detergents, sausages, and other staples for her home-based store.

Verónica Janeth's story

The communal bank “María José” meets twice a month in the parish of Picoaza in the city of Portoviejo. This place is known for being a business zone, for its traditional festivals of San Pedro and Pan Pablo, and for the happiness of its people.

Verónica lives here. She is 32 years old, married with two children of 8 and 3 years of age, with the oldest attending school. Her husband is a policeman.

Verónica has a store in her home. There she sells all types of products such as rice, sugar, oil, detergents, legumes, vegetables, fruits, and also some bazaar and stationery items. She works every day from 6:00AM until 8:00PM, and sometimes later. She has had her business for three years and it is going very well since her secret is to have everything, and thus she has gained many clients.

This loan is going to be used to stock her store. She is going to buy rice, sugar, oil, detergents, sausages, and other staples. She has been with the communal bank for one year. She is the treasurer and she likes it because the members are very responsible.

Her goals are to continue getting ahead in her business and that her store grows more each day.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand

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