A loan of $1,600 helped to buy meat, sodas, juices, and other provisions.

María De Lourdes's story

In the seaside city of San Clemente, in the Sucre canton, the Community Bank 1 de Diciembre meets fortnightly. This place is known for its beautiful beaches that are visited by many national and foreign tourists. It offers variety of beautiful places and a rich variety of typical dishes of the region.

In this place lives María, who is 48 years old, is married and has three children who are adults, two of them still living in her house. Her husband is a laborer and María is a housewife.

In order to earn her daily livelihood and help her husband with the household expenses, because he doesn't earn much, she sells snacks, fast foods, sodas, waters, and juices, among other things. She works every day from 3pm to 9pm. She has done very well in her business and that's the way she contributes with the household expenses and especially when her husband is out of work. She has more than 23 years in this business which has served to bring her family up.

She is repeating the loan because this is the only way she has to fund her business and to get ahead with her family. Thanks to the profits, she was able to buy food for her family because her husband was out of work for a long time.

Regarding payments, they are always kept up to date because this is very important to her. She wants to pay them so she can continue receiving loans. This loan will be used to buy meat, sodas, juices and other provisions for food preparation. She belongs to the Community Bank since the beginning and she likes it because the loans are provided fast and without many requirements.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elisabet Falgueras

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