A loan of $1,175 helped to buy ingredients.

Adriana Querida's story

The members of the Merorando El Futuro communal bank meet every two weeks in the area known as Tierras Amarillas of the Rocafuerte settlement. This area is known for its agriculture because a large number of its residents raise short cycle crops.

Adriana is 57 years old, married and has frour children; all adults now. Two of them still live at home and the youngest attends university. Her husband is a farmer.

Adriana, in order to get ahead and earn some money on her own she she could her husband who doesn’t earn much in the fields, started a business where she sells corviches, empanadas, yucca and corn tortillas, in the evenings, drinks, colas, and juices from a cabana they built. She also prepares typical dishes, such as chicken soups, criolla, and tripe soup with vegetables, on the weekends. Her customers seek these dishes.

She will use the money from this loan to buy dried corn, yucca, peanuts, chicken, and other foods to prepare her delicious dishes. She has been with the communal bank from the beginning and she like it because of the loans. Her dream is for her daughter to become a professional and this is why she works so hard every day.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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