A loan of $1,600 helped to buy foodstuffs and fruits.

Margarita Isabel's story

In the parish of Crucita in the canton of Portoviejo, there is a place known as "the Sands." This is where the members of the Nueva Generación Communal Bank meet every fifteen days. The area is known for its beautiful beaches, its gastronomy, and for the warmth of its people.

It is here that 56-year-old Margarita lives. She is single and she lives with her mom and her sister. She was with the communal bank in the beginning, though she left and then came back because the loans are a great help to her business.

For over 30 years, Margarita has been managing a canteen at a local school where she sells all kinds of things that she prepares herself. She only sells healthy food, like corviche, empanadas, chicken and rice, and fruit salad. She tries not to repeat her dishes during the week so that there is more variety and the kids are satisfied. Soon, she hopes to buy what she needs to sell lunches to the teachers who have to stay late.

This loan is to buy foodstuffs she needs to make meals and fruit for juices.

Her dream is to keep giving the children the best.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alyson Trowbridge

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