A loan of $1,300 helped to buy gas, soda, water, etc.

Juana Trinidad's story

Fuerza y Valor Communal Bank meets every two weeks in the Los Cerezos neighborhood in the city of Portoviejo. This is a very populated and hardworking marginal urban area.

Juana, 58, lives here. She's married and has ten children from this relationship, nine adults and a 17-year-old in school. Two of her children still live at home. Her husband's a merchant.

Juana's a woman who strives a lot. She started a small business in her house to pay for the household expenses. She sells gas for household use, soda, large cans of water, candy, and other things. She works every day from morning to night. She has more than 10 years of experience in this business and it's going very well for her.

She's going to use this loan to buy gas, soda, water, and other things she sells in her store.

She has been in the communal bank for a year and she likes it because the loans are fast and they help her a lot. Her dream is to get ahead by improving her business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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