A loan of $650 helped to buy essential products, variety store goods and stationery.

Jenny Mariuxi's story

In the city of Portoviejo, the capital of Manabi , which has been known for years as the city of the Reales Tamarindos, the members of the Damas Al Poder communal bank meet every two weeks. Jenny lives here; she is 34 years old and lives in a common-law relationship from which she has four children aged 16, 14, 13 and 8. The three eldest are in secondary school and the youngest in primary school. Her husband is a bricklayer. Jenny has a store in her house where she sells all kinds of products such as rice, sugar, oil, detergent, ice cream and energy drinks, among other things. She also sells variety store goods and stationery, with which she is earning extra income. She works every day from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and sometimes later. Her children help her with her work when they are not busy. She has had this business for 5 years, and it improves with every loan that she receives. She will use this loan to supply her store better. She will buy essential products, variety store goods and stationery. She has been in the communal bank for 3 cycles, and she likes it because the loans have helped her a lot in difficult times. Her dream is that her children will lack for nothing.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lorna Gladman

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