A loan of $1,075 helped to buy basic goods, ice cream, wood and soil.

Juana Elba's story

In Río Bravo de Montecristi, a city known for its great diversity of traditional products including straw hats ("panama hats") known both within the country and outside, the members of the "Bankito Río Bravo" Communal Bank meet every fifteen days.

Here 54 year old Juana lives. Her husband passed away several years ago but from this relationship she has four adult children. Three of these children still live with her.

Juana is a hard working woman who has taken responsibility for the family business with the help of her children since her husband's death.They make a living making bricks (a material used to build homes). She also has a small store within her home where she sells drinks and ice cream in addition to selling basic goods. While her children work building bricks, she attends to her her business and the brick orders that her children deliver to merchants who then carry them to different areas of the province.

This loan will be used to buy basic goods and ice cream to sell, as well as to buy wood and soil to make the bricks. She has been with the Communal Bank since it began and she likes it because the loans help her to improve her business. Her dream is for her business to grow.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gina Cappuccitti

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