A loan of $650 helped to buy firewood, soil, and sawdust.

Liliana Patricia's story

The members of the Bankito Rio Bravo communal bank meet every 15 days in Rio Bravo de Montecristi. The city is known for its great diversity of typical products like the straw hats that are known within and outside of the country.

This is where Liliana, age 24, lives. She is married and has two children, ages eight and three. The oldest goes to school. Her husband is a craftsman. Liliana is a good mother and wife. In order to help her husband, she is getting the loan for him to use in his work. He makes bricks (material used for building houses). This loan is for making bricks, which he delivers to merchants who come to their area. Sometimes he hires a truck and takes the products to other places. This is the way they earn a living honorably and get their household ahead.

This loan is to buy firewood, soil, and sawdust. She has been in the communal bank since the beginning. She likes it because the loans are quick and without so many requirements.

Her dreams are to be healthy and to give her children the best.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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