A loan of $750 helped to buy fruit, bread, plantains and other groceries.

Yessenia Maribel's story

in Los Bajos de Montecristi, a city known for its great diversity of traditional products such as paja toquilla hats known nationally and internationally, the members of the 4 De Noviembre communal bank meet every two weeks.

Here lives Yessenia. She is 19 years old, married and the mother of two children, aged 4 and 2. Her husband is a bus officer.

In order to earn something on her own and help her husband with the children's expenses,Yessenia sells food. Weekends she sets up some tables in the center of town where she sells tostadas, fruit smoothies, chifles and salads, among others. She has had her business for six months and it is going well for her and thanks to the previous loan, she was able to start her business.

This loan is to buy fruit, bread, plantains, and other groceries that she needs to make the food. She has been in her communal bank for two cycles and she likes it because thanks to the loan she started her business.

Her dream is to have a bigger business and a locale.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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