A loan of $1,700 helped to buy rice, meat, fish, and other groceries.

Elizabeth Beatriz's story

The communal bank "Mujeres Unidas" ["Women United"] meets twice a month in Jipijapa canton, a canton known as the "Coffee Sultaness" for its extensive plantings of coffee, which has an incomparable flavor. Jipijapa is also known for its cuisine and the warmth of its people.

35-year-old Elizabeth lives here. She is separated and has three children, ages 19, 16, and 9. The two older children are in secondary school and the youngest is in primary school. Elizabeth’s older daughter is now married but still lives at home.

To make a living and so that her children never lack anything, Elizabeth works selling food. More than seven years ago, she set up a small eatery in her house. There she prepares delicious dishes every afternoon. Her specialty is fritada with roasted plantains or patacones, which is very appetizing to her customers. She works alone and sometimes with the help of her children, when they aren't busy. This is how she supports her children by herself.

Elizabeth is now seeking another loan as the earlier one resulted in a larger income, greatly benefitting the family. She will use the loan money to buy rice, meat, fish and other supplies for the dishes she makes. She has been in the communal bank for ten years and she likes it for the financial help it provides.

Her goals are to continue with her business and to provide her children with a good education.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A

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