A loan of $975 helped to buy school supplies.

Deisy Leonor's story

Picoaza appears in the books as one of the aboriginal towns that’s part of the Manta culture. This urban parish is located just ten minutes from the city of Portoviejo, capital of Manta. The “María Asunción” communal bank meets here every fifteen days.

Deisy, 49, lives here. She’s separated and has three children who are 24, 19 and 18 years of age; all of them live with her and the younger ones attend university.

Deisy’s a great mother who in order to earn a livelihood and support her children after she separated opened an Internet business at home. She also sells school supplies, ice-cream, sodas and snacks to nosh on there. She works every day from 8am until 9pm. She has many customers like students for example that come by to do research or homework on the machines. She’s been in business for more than three years and it’s gradually been growing. She started out with the Internet service and now she has a well-stocked stationery shop.

She will use this loan to buy school supplies because that’s what sells best during this time of the year. She’s been in the communal bank for almost two years and she likes it because her business grows more with each loan. Her dream is to continue forward in life and in business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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