A loan of $875 helped to buy rice, meat, fish, and other foodstuffs.

Ramona Albertina's story

The communal bank Junín meets every two weeks in the Junín canton. This area is known for its friendly and hard-working people and because the best spirits in the province and in Ecuador are distilled there.

In this place lives Señora Ramona. She is 62 years old. Her beloved husband died a number of years ago, and she was left a widow, but from this relationship she had five children who are now adults. The youngest is 20 years old and studies at a university and is the one who still lives with her.

Doña Ramona, in order to be able to get ahead with the household expenses and along with that be able to pay for her daughter's studies, prepares and sells food. She has a restaurant in her house, where she prepares a variety of dishes for selection by her customers. She also prepares tortillas, rolls, and empanadas for breakfasts, and they are very much sought after by her customers, who come to her restaurant every day, and for this reason she has won many customers. She works every day from 6 am until 3 in the afternoon. She works alone and has had her dining area for more than 20 years. Since her husband died, this has been the source of income that allows her to advance.

She is going to use this loan to buy rice, meat, fish, and other foodstuffs to prepare her foods. She has been in the communal bank since its beginning, and she likes it because of the help that the bank offers her.

Her dream is to see her daughter finish her studies.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry

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