A loan of $1,500 helped to buy medicine and feed for chickens and pigs.

Marlene Esperanza's story

María Auxiliadora Communal Bank meets every two weeks in La Sequita Parish in Montecristi, a canton known as the birthplace of Eloy Alfaro [José Eloy Alfaro (1842-1912), an Ecuadorian revolutionary leader and president] and for the famous straw [or "Panama"] hats that are valued both in Ecuador and abroad.

This is where Marlene lives. She's 48 years old and married, and has four adult children from this relationship, only one of whom still lives in her house. Her husband works in construction.

Marlene is a very determined woman who loves trade. This is how she earns her own living and helps her husband with the household expenses. For five months she has had a pharmacy in her house where she sells all types of medicine. She also raises pigs and chickens. She raises them for three to five months and then sells them at her house to merchants who then take them to various markets in the city.

She's going to use this loan to buy medicine to stock her pharmacy and feed for chickens and pigs. She has been in the communal bank for more than 16 years and she likes the earnings she receives from the institution.

Her dream is for her pharmacy to grow more every day.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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