A loan of $1,300 helped to buy ingredients.

Rosana Del Rocio's story

The members of the La Cantera communal bank meet every two weeks in the area known as El Cady in the city of Portoviejo. Most of the people here are farmers.

Rosana is 35 years old, is in a common law marriage, and has three children, ages 17, 10, and 6. All attend school and the oldest studies at university. Her husband works at a bar.

Rosana is a hardworking woman who always liked working in order to help out her husband to get ahead and provide her children with a good education. She started her business several years ago and sells food. She started out working from her home in a small area, but now has her own larger location which she rents and is located in a well-travelled area near the capital, Manabita. She sells a lot there and prepares breakfasts, lunches, and dinners on a varied menu for her customers who visit her daily. She works with a lady to whom she pays a monthly salary for her work. This is how she contributes to the household expenses and gets her family ahead.

She will use the money from this loan to buy rice, chicken, meat, fish and other foodstuffs to prepare her dishes. She has been in the communal bank from the beginning and she is the group’s secretary. She likes it because of the loans.

Her goal is to have her own place to sell from.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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