A loan of $6,625 helped a member to purchase rice, fish and other food items for her restaurant.


Las Acasias (Junín) Group's story

The Community Bank Las Acasias meets every two weeks in the outskirts of the town of Junín, a city that is known for its kind, hardworking people, and as the home of the finest distilled liquor in its province and in all of Ecuador.

The Community Bank group is made up of 14 women and 1 man who decided to come together in support of one another and their respective small business. The group members make a living in various trades and areas, including services, food sales and other industries.

One of the group members is Trinidad, who is 43 years old and lives with her husband, who is a mason, and their son, who is 17 and attends high school.

Trinidad operates a small restaurant and sells various food dishes in order to help her husband with household expenses. She cooks delicious meals, and works seven days a week from 6:00 in the morning until 2:00 in the afternoon preparing breakfasts and lunches for her customers. Trinidad sells her food dishes from her home, and also delivers meals to customers. Her son helps her in the restaurant when he can. Trinidad now has three years of experience running her restaurant, and she is very grateful for this source of income, as her husband works on a contractual basis and is sometimes without work. If it weren’t for her work and business, they would be in a very tight spot.

Trinidad plans to use the support from this loan to purchase rice, fish and other food items for preparing savory dishes at her restaurant. This is her first year as a member of the Las Acasias group, though she was a part of another community group previously, but changed groups to be a part of one closer to her home.

Her goals include continuing her participation in the community bank, and taking advantage of the benefits and support structure there.

In this group: Clara Edita, Tarcila Marielena, Tany Gabriela, Obdulia María, María Isabel, Placida Trinidad, Pura Misaela, Viviana Magdalena, José Manuel, Carla Carolina, Andrea Stefania, Irina Patricia, Yesica Paola, María Eugenia, Lourdes

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gillian Goodrich


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