A loan of $1,275 helped to buy chicken, sodas, seasonings and other provisions.

Jessenia Marilyn's story

In “Los Bajos de Montecristi,” a city known for its great diversity of traditional products, such as, for example, the straw hats (Panama hats) well-known known inside and outside of the country, the members of the communal bank “Madres Unidas” (United Mothers) meet every fifteen days.

In this place lives Jessenia who is 33 years old and married. From this relationship they have three children ages 13, 11 and 7 who are students, the oldest in secondary school and the two youngest in primary school. Her husband works in a factory in Manta.

Jessenia has a business in her home in which she sells barbecued chicken, juices and sodas among other things. She works from Friday to Sunday in this business but the other days in the afternoons she also sells yucca-starch bread and the delicious “morocho,” a very delicious drink (made from a kind of dense corn) that is much consumed by her customers. She works every day from 4:00 pm until 9:00pm. Her children and her husband help her in her work when they can and are unoccupied. She has dedicated more than 11 years to this activity and it is going very well for her. This is how she obtains what is necessary to give her children a good education.

She is going to use this loan to purchase chicken, sodas, seasonings and other necessary provisions to prepare food. She has been with the communal bank for more than 2 years and she likes the help that they give her with the loans.

Her dream is to give the best to her children.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Melanie Snellings

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