A loan of $550 helped to buy ice cream, sodas, juices, beer, etc.


Luisa María's story

The communal bank Por Un Nuevo Amanecer (For a new dawn) meets every fifteen days in the Montecristi Canton, known for its rich pre-colonial culture and its handicrafts, which are renowned nationally and internationally. It is the place of the famous straw hats (sombreros. In this place lives Luisa, who is 67 years old, married, and has 3 children who are no longer minors. One of her children still lives with her, together with her husband and two grandchildren. Her husband is a construction worker. Upon seeing that her husband occasionally did not have work, Luisa opened a small business in her house. She sells ice cream, juice, and drinks. In this way, she takes advantage of the fact that her house is very close to the field where many people arrive every day to play sports, so her sales are assured. This loan is to further stock her business with ice cream, sodas, juice, beer, etc. She has been with the communal bank since the second cycle and likes it for the benefits and help that the institution gives her. Her dream is to continue growing her business.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer


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