A loan of $1,300 helped to buy large jugs of water, soft-drinks and juices.

Karina Yoconda'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.

Karina, 41, lives here. She’s married and has three children who are 21, 14 and 7 years of age; all live at home and attend university, secondary and primary school. Her husband’s a driver.

In addition to being a great wife and mother, Karina is a merchant. She has a shop at home where she sells water in large bottles, soft-drinks and other beverages. In addition to selling in her shop she also home delivers these products since she has a car she does her deliveries in. sometimes one of her children help her and sometimes she works alone. She’s been in this business seven years and earns her own income this way that is useful for her to pay her children’s schooling.

This loan is to buy water in large containers, soft-drinks and juices. She’s been in the communal bank for more than 11 years and likes it because of the help they give her to get ahead. Her dream is to have a larger business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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