A loan of $1,375 helped to buy rice, sugar, oil, detergents, sausages, and other staples for her home based grocery store.

Ángela Lucia's story

The communal bank Amistad meets in the city of Tosagua twice a month. This place is known to be very dynamic where most people work in agriculture and with livestock as it is an area with a lot of vegetation.

Ángela lives here. She is 53 years old. She is married and from this relationship they have four adult children all of them independent but living at home. Her husband is a heavy equipment operator.

Ángela, in order to obtain her own income, more than 14 years ago provisioned her own small store in her home. She sells all types of products such as rice, sugar, oils, detergents, vegetables and fruits. She works every day from 6:00AM until 8:00PM and sometimes later. Her husband helps her at work especially in the afternoons when he is not working. She has been in business more than 14 years and is doing very well.

This loan is to be used to supply her store. She is going to buy rice, sugar, oil, detergents, sausages and other staples. She has been with the communal bank 14 years and she likes it because she started her first business with her first loan.

Her goals are to get ahead in business and for her business to grow more each day.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand

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