A loan of $1,075 helped to buy lumber.

Juana Del Jesús's story

The Bankito Rio Bravo meets every two weeks in the city of Montecristi, a city known for its great diversity of typical products such as toquilla straw hats known within and outside the country.

Juana lives here. She is 54 years old, married, and has seven adult children who are on their own. An adult granddaughter lives with her and she is like a daughter to her. Her husband is a farmer.

Juana is a good wife who is asking for this loan so that she can feel useful and help her husband with the household expenses and so he can use the money for his work. He makes bricks (used for building houses), and he does so with the help of his children. He sells the bricks to merchants who sell them in other cities. Thanks to this, he and his children come out ahead in the business they have had for many years.

This loan is so that they can buy lumber for making bricks. She has been with the communal bank from the beginning and she likes it because she can help her husband and children get ahead, thanks to the loans. Her dream is to have a truck so they can sell their products and increase their income.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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