A loan of $1,275 helped to buy fruits, vegetables and groceries.


Neiba Mariana's story

In Los Bajos de Montecristi, a city known for its great diversity of traditional products such as, for example, the Panama hats well-known inside and outside of the country, the members of the 4th of November communal bank meet every 15 days.

In this place lives Neiba. She is 39 years old, is married but has not yet been able to have children. Her husband is a merchant.

Neiba, to help her husband and with this contribute to the household expenses, is taking out a loan so that he can invest it in his business. He works selling fruits and vegetables for which he has a stand in a market in Manta. He works there every day from 5am until 4pm and he has been in this business for more than 8 years. For her part, she also she has a small grocery store in her home in which she earns something on her own.

This loan is to purchase fruits, vegetables and groceries to stock the store. She has been in the communal bank from the beginning. She is the treasurer of the group and she likes it because she started her business with one of the loans.

Her dream is to continue growing her business that still is very small.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Melanie Snellings


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