A loan of $1,075 helped purchase flour, salt, sugar, and other basic items.

Lucrecia Feliza's story

The Calle America Communal Bank meets every 15 days in the Montecristi region, an area known for its rich pre-colonial culture and for its artisan crafts that are recognized at the national and international levels. This is the place with the famous straw sombreros.

In this place lives Lucrecia who is 53 years old, married, and has five children, all of whom are grown. Three of them are single and live in her house. Her husband works as a college counselor.

Lucrecia has a bread bakery in her home. There, along with her children, she prepares every day the delicious bread that is indispensable at the tables of the city's inhabitants. They also prepare cakes, shortcakes, and ice creams in a variety of flavors, which her customers love to eat. She sells the ice creams from her home, and she also goes out to sell them in places where people gather because this generates good revenues. They work every day from 5 am, when they get up to bake the bread so that when her customers arrive, everything will be ready. Her husband also helps her every weekend when he is not busy. They have had this business for more than 12 years and it is going very well for them since they have such a good clientele.

They will use this loan to purchase flower, salt, sugar, and other basic items that are needed to make the bread and the delicious ice creams. Lucrecia has been with the communal bank for eight cycles and she likes it because of the help that the loans give her.

Her dream is to have another shop in the center of the city.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Olivia Shirley

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