A loan of $1,525 helped to buy groceries and shoes.

Jessica Jessenia's story

The communal bank "Colorado" meets every 15 days in Colorado in the canton of Montecristi. This is a place that is known at the national and international level for its rich pre-colonial culture and for its handicrafts. This is where the famous "Panama" straw hats are made.

This is where Jessica, age 20, lives. She is in a common-law marriage that has produced a 3 year-old child, who is her whole life. Her husband works in a factory in Manta.

Jessica has a grocery store in her house where she sells all types of products such as: rice, sugar, cooking oil, detergent, vegetables, and fruit. She also sells a variety of brands of shoes from catalogs, which gives her some extra earnings. She makes these sales door-to-door, and she also shows her catalogs to the customers who visit her store, and this is where she makes most of her sales. She's had this catalog business for 2 years now, and it is going very well.

Jessica will use this loan to buy groceries for her store and shoes, because she has some urgent orders to fill. She has been with her communal bank for 3 years, and she likes it because she started her business with one of the loans, and this business is how she currently makes a living.

Jessica's goals are to continue forward with her business, and gradually expand her store over time.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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