A loan of $1,400 helped to buy wood and earth [to make bricks].

Genny Elsa's story

In Rio Bravo de Montecristi, a city known for its great variety of traditional items like the straw sombreros that are famous both in and outside of the country, every 15 days the members of the Bankito Rio Bravo communal bank meet.

Genny, who lives here, is 42 years old, married and has five children from this relationship aged 18, 14, 11, 8 and 6. The two eldest study in high school and the younger ones are at primary school. Her husband is an artesan.

Genny is a very good mother and wife who in order to help her husband with the family burden is taking out the loan for him to use in his work. He manufactures bricks (material used in the construction of houses) delivering them to retailers to sell them for house construction. This is how he earns a living and thanks to God has never wanted for anything.

This loan is to buy wood and earth to make bricks. She is founder at the communal bank and likes it because thanks to the loans everything is easier to finance her husband's business.

His dream is that their children complete their education and become professionals.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Gulvin

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