A loan of $1,700 helped to buy food supplies.

Tatiana Lizbeth's story

The María Inmaculada communal bank meets every 15 in the La Sequita parish in Montecristi. The canton is known for its famous straw hats that are valued in and outside of the country.

This is where Tatiana, age 20, lives. She is in a common-law marriage, and they have a one year old child. Her husband works in a factory in Manta.

Tatiana has a food supply store in her house. She sells all types of food supplies, grains, vegetables, and drinks. She works every day from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. She started her business with the first loan that she received from the institution. She is very grateful for this because she is earning income for the good of her baby, who is most precious to her.

She has had her business for one year. However, in spite of having her business for a short time, she has it well stocked. That is the reason that she regularly gets more customers.

She will use this loan to buy food supplies in order to continue increasing her business and her clientele. She has been in the communal bank for over one year. She likes it because, thanks to the loan, she started her business.

Her dreams are to improve her business and for her family never to be in need.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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