A loan of $875 helped to buy supplies and ingredients.

Flor Leida's story

The members of the Los Compañeros communal bank meet every two weeks in the city of Portoviejo, capital of Manabí, known as the city of the royal tamarinds. Flor lives here. She is 32 years old, is in a common law marriage, and has five children, ages 12, 10, 9 and a set of 7 year old twins. Her husband is an automotive mechanic and works in a workshop.

Flor is a good housewife who prepares and sells snacks in order to help out with the household expenses and her children’s education. She makes empanadas, pork rinds, corciches, juices, fruit smoothies, and sodas among other things. She hopes to receive this loan so that she can buy certain kitchen utensils and ingredients to prepare her food in the evening and to increase her profit. The wellbeing of her children is the most important thing to her.

She has had three cycles with the communal bank and likes it because of the loans she gets. Her dreams are to have a grand restaurant and for her children never to be in need of anything.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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