A loan of $1,275 helped to buy rice, sugar, oil, detergents, sausages, meat and other groceries.


Gloria Santa's story

The America Street Communal Bank meets every 15 days in the town of Cantón Montecristi. The town is known for its rich pre colonial culture and for its arts and crafts that are recognized at the national and international levels. It is a place especially known for its famous woven straw hats.

Gloria lives in this town. She is 44 years old and is married. From her marriage she has one son who is an adult and is independent. Her husband is a stonemason.

Gloria has a grocery store in her home where she sells basic necessity products such as: rice, sugar, oils and detergents, among other things. She also sells certain drinks like soda and water. During the afternoon she also sells hamburgers, hotdogs and sodas from a cart she has. She works every day from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm, and sometimes later. Her husband helps her with her work when he is unoccupied. She has had her store for more than 12 years and, thanks to the loans she receives, it is improving with the passing of each day.

She will use this loan to buy rice, sugar, oil, detergents, sausages, meat and other groceries to make hotdogs, hamburgers and to stock her store. She has participated in the Communal Bank since it began. She likes it because the loans improve her business more each day.

Her goals are to get ahead with her food selling business and to continue growing her store every day.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emily Hildreth


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