A loan of $350 helped to buy fruits and vegetables.

María Marlene's story

The Nueva Kennedy communal bank meets every two weeks in the Montegristi settlement, known for its rich pre-colonial culture and nationally and internationally knows arts. It’s the place of the famous toquilla straw hats.

Maria lives here. She is 45 years old, married, and has three adult children who still live with her. Her husband is a merchant.

Maria sells fruits and vegetables in the Montecristi market. They go out very early in the morning to buy from the large suppliers and stock a small stall once they have their inventory. They’ve been doing this for 10 days and they have been able to get their family ahead in an honest way.

They will use the money from this loan to buy fruits and vegetables. She is a charter member of the communal bank and enjoys it because of the help she has gotten through the loans to get ahead. Her goal is to open a food store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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