A loan of $1,625 helped to buy rice, meat, fish and other food products.

Angela Piedad's story

Every two weeks, the Communal Bank Esperanza Para Superar meets at the beautiful spa of San Jacinto de Portoviejo, surrounded by a beautiful beach where the Portoviejo river flows into the sea and which is visited by many national and international tourists. This is where Ángela lives, a 47-year old woman who lives with her partner and three children, aged 28, 26 and 19. The two youngest still live at home (the youngest one attends university) and her partner works in the fishing industry.

Ángela is a good housewife that, in order to make some extra money on her own and to help her partner with the household expenses, prepares meals and has a small dining room in the San Jacinto market. She prepares delicious dishes and works Monday through Saturday from 5am to 2pm, serving breakfasts and lunches. Her clients always ask for dishes with shellfish in them and she prepares them, which is why she has a big client base there. She started the business more than 7 years ago and it has been improving thanks to the loans received.

She plans to use this loan to buy rice, meat, fish and other food products, to prepare meals. She has been a member of the Communal Bank for four years and is happy with the help received through the loans.

Her goal is to get ahead with her business and to buy a car some day.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Esther Alcaina

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